Greetings from the historic town of Malvern in Worcestershire
(Please note we are in the process of migrating our website files from 123-mcc.com to our new domain www.the-malvern-hills.uk; if something fails to work do please let us know).
Our 'hobby' website provides an overview of The Malvern Hills area of the UK, for friends and visitors, including some suggestions for how to get here, where to stay, and what to see. Some of the pages are several years old now, so check for up to date information if you are travelling.
You will find additional information which can be navigated by clicking the 'Other Resources' button above. There are, for example, pages that reflect on life from a retired person's point of view, about safety in the home, and researching your family history.
Our expanding 'History Section' contains short stories about bygone Malvern. See, for example, our feature about the Victorian 'mock gothic' houses in Abbey Road and the story about the Victorian 'water cure' Doctors of Great Malvern. We hope these will be, at least to some extent, of educational value.
There are also a few miscellaneous stories about people we have researched, having no connection with Malvern, that might be judged to fall within the category social history; another of our interests.
During 2014 we dipped briefly into the world of Victorian art, researched casualties of the Great War for the Guarlford History Group and recorded Rolls of the Fallen at Great Malvern library, the Priory, Madresfield, Newland and Hanley Swan. There are also some notes about the Commonwealth War Graves in Great Malvern cemetery.
In Autumn 2015 we finished creating a photographic record of headstones in the churchyard of St Mary's Guarlford, and we have added this to the Guarlford web-site. We also transcribed the 1884 - 1894 pages of the burial register of Great Malvern cemetery for the Malvern Family History Society which led us to Norman May died 1889 who founded a well known photographic studio in Church Street circa 1878. During 2015 we also added biographies, particularly of the founders of early Malvern Schools, and added to stories about Victorian houses in Great Malvern and some of the people that lived there, which we continued in 2016 - we were particularly fortunate to received stories and photos enabling our page about past Malvern schools to be expanded considerably.
During 2017, we did not add a great deal to the website due to other commitments, but you will find details on the What's New page.
A big thankyou to everyone who has contributed to our articles; that is greatly appreciated and makes the stories much more interesting.
With emphasis now on the history of the area, you will find little about forthcoming events - for that it is suggested you either look at the Malvern Gazette website or contact the Tourist Information Centre at the top of Church Street.
There are some 'archived' pages about Quothquan and Biggar in Scotland which we visited a long time ago while on holiday; here we had experimented with a slightly different style for the navigation buttons.
The 'Index' button at the top right hand side of the Home page will take you to an A to Z index that supplements the site map, and may help if you get lost!
Those of you who have upgraded to Microsoft Windows 10 and are using the Microsoft Edge browser may have discovered a book shaped 'button' in the navigation bar named 'Reading View' (similar to that shown right). If you click this, and you are using a desktop PC, you will find many of our pages expand to full screen making the text easier to read; note however that, in the latest version of Microsoft Edge, photos are sadly stripped out.
If a page does not display correctly in your browser, links have stopped working, or information needs correcting do please let us know.
Photo above; a glimpse of Great Malvern Priory seen from the path up to St Ann's Well.
Great Malvern and Priory viewed from the east
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