Attractions in Malvern: Things to do and points of interest

PUBLISHED: 16:23 16 June 2020 | UPDATED: 16:23 16 June 2020

Malvern map, by Katie B Morgan

Malvern map, by Katie B Morgan

Katie B Morgan,

British chieftain Caractacus made his last stand here; the author of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe lived here as a child; violinist Nigel Kennedy has played some pretty wild sessions in the town’s St Ann’s Well; and its water is known the world over. Katie B Morgan welcomes us to Malvern with her latest brilliant map

Points of interest on Katie B Morgan’s map:

Caractacus: It’s said that ancient British chieftain Caractacus made his last stand at British Camp. Legend that Caractacus was captured by the Romans and was taken to Rome. He impressed Emperor Claudius so was released

Elgar (1857-1934): The English composer is buried at St Wulstan’s Church, Little Malvern. Pomp and Circumstance was performed for the first time in Wyche School next to the church

Fairy collecting water: From some original advertising for Malvern water

Holy Well: Malvern spring water is best known for ‘containing nothing at all’. Possibly the oldest bottling plant in the world

Jenny Lind ‘The Swedish nightingale (1820-1887): Lived at Wynds Point near British Camp and is buried in Great Malvern Cemetery

Library Books: Elizabeth Barrett Browning lived at Hope End

WH Auden: The poet and writer taught at Colwall

Roget of Roget’s Thesaurus: Died and is buried in West Malvern

W Langford: The medieval poet mentions the Malverns in The visions of Piers Ploughman

The Apple Cart: George Bernard Shaw wrote this play in 1928, for the first Malvern Festival

Lamp posts: C S Lewis lived in Malvern as a child, and one famously appears in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. His friend JRR Tolkein compared the Malvern Hills to the White Mountains of Gondor

Grave stones: Annie Darwin (1841-1851), the daughter of Charles Darwin, is buried in Malvern Priory

Artist: Dame Laura Knight (1877-1970) lived and painted in Malvern (1931 to 1961)

Morgan cars: Based in Malvern Link, founded in 1910

Foliage corners and border: The iron decorative foliage at Great Malvern train station

Worm: A building called ‘The Worm’ built in 1862 that linked the Imperial Hotel, now St James Girls’ School, to the station

Donkey: They were used at St Ann’s Well from 1817 to 1952 to help carry visitors, including a young Queen Victoria

Tardis: Dr Who and the Krotons (1968) was filmed in the Tank Quarry

Praying monk: Legend of St Werstan. He escaped a Viking raid at his monastery, near Deerhurst, and established a cell near St Ann’s Well. Legend says that Malvern grew after he was murdered, becoming one of the first martyrs

Enigma: A nod to the rich history of science and mathematics at Malvern’s Royal Radar & Signals Establishment

Buzzards sculpture: Designed and made by Walenty Pytel

Rose: Tea rose named after Malvern Rose Grower Mrs Foley Hobbs (1910)

Aldwyn Tower: Franklin D Roosevelt (1882-1945), 32nd President of the United States, visited when he was seven years old

Baptist Church: The original site of Hay Well Baths

Splash: Malvern’s leisure centre

Smiley mouth: Malvern Orthodontics

Rhubarb: Home décor and gifts

Old car: The Santler, built between 1889 and 1922. Possibly maker of the first British petrol car

Q: Software Company

Cube: Youth and community Trust

Walkers: The Malvern Hills AONB has many walks to enjoy

Snowman: The Winter Gardens

Flowers: Blossom House Residential Home

Sitting girl: Jamie McKelvie, cartoonist and writer born in Malvern in 1980, featuring suburban glamour based on a fictional Malvern

Man carrying violin case: Nigel Kennedy has lived and played in Malvern... oh, to have been at some of the party nights at St Ann’s Well

Auctioneers’ hammer: Philip Serrell Auctioneers

Edinburgh Dome: Built in 1977, houses squash courts and gym area for St James Girls’ School

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