Water Cure Patients
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Were Water Cure Patients cured? For two months in 1847 Alfred Tennyson’s aunt, ‘made a trial of the Water Cure, wore a compress and was towel packed, and seemed better for the cold bath’. Throughout the 1840s Charles Darwin (1809-1882), the naturalist and … Read More

Did Malvern’s Donkeys suffer cruelty?
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Cruelty – What do you think? Malvern’s donkeys were usually driven by boys between 6 and 13 years old; at 14 they were old enough to have a job suitable for a man. The donkey boys were rough, coarse, unkempt, … Read More

Barbara Cartland’s Two Brothers
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The Cartland Family Barbara Cartland, the romantic novelist, and her two brothers lived in Littlewood House in the tiny village of Poolbrook, near Malvern. “Mrs Cartland opened her gardens to brownies and guides for picnics, was friendly with everyone, and was … Read More

Edward Elgar
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Elgar’s Illnesses Elgar was often ill. Sometimes he was in bed for a day or two, at other times for much longer.  Sometimes he called the doctor; at other times he took the waters at Llandrindod Wells. He suffered from … Read More

Prehistoric communities on the Malvern Hills
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Prehistoric Hill Forts Malvern has two major hill forts, one on Herefordshire Beacon and the other on Midsummer Hill. Both camps have a starting date in the late Bronze Age period, about 800 BC. The earth defences follow the contour … Read More

William Langland
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William Langland – our first major English author What was he doing? William Langland could have been looking for Blinks. This small plant has tiny pale green flowers that seem to be blinking, as they rarely open fully.  The flowers … Read More

Misericords
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A Strange Misericord In the museum you can see images of several misericords that can be found in Malvern Priory Church. This one isn’t among those illustrated in the museum but it too comes from Malvern Priory. Look closely and you’ll … Read More

The Priory Gatehouse of Great Malvern
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The History of the Priory Gatehouse Purpose in Medieval Times This was once the gatehouse to Great Malvern’s Benedictine priory, and was built c.1480. Under the archway you can still see the squint window where visitors declared their business to … Read More

Brother Luke – a Benedictine monk
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Monks’ Habits! Benedictine monks, or brothers, followed the strict rules of St Benedict and were expected to reach the highest summit of humility. Silence – They were generally to remain silent; if a monk did speak it had to be … Read More

Hugh Strickland
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Why did Malvern attract a Dodo expert? There were many very famous natural history scientists in Victorian England. Charles Darwin is the best known and he too was drawn to Malvern to try the Water Cure. Other scientists also paid … Read More

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