With its cattle grids and sweeping avenue of lime trees, the approach to Tissington looks like a private driveway to somewhere very special, which indeed it is. This is an estate village centred on Tissington Hall, home to the FitzHerbert family for the best part of 500 years and recently opened to the public. The whole village, with its duck pond, wide grass verges and traditional cottages, is a photographer’s dream. Tissington holds a position of importance on the well dressing calendar, for this lovely custom may have started here as a form of thanksgiving for pure water, perhaps even dating from the Black Death, when not one villager died. Five wells are dressed in time for Ascension Day.