24th March 2017
Short biography of Dr Ralph Barnes Grindrod added, who was a vigorous promoter of the Temperance movement, a good christian, and founded Malvern's first newspaper, the Malvern Advertiser. For a fuller account of his life you should read his excellent biography written by Janet Grierson, who lived for a time at Park View and was the sister of Cambridge historian Philip Grierson.
8th March 2017
Biography of John Sloggett Jenkins added, who was the proprietor and editor of the Malvern Advertiser newpaper from 1867 to 1900.
Malvern Hills Footpath Society added to local links.
26th February 2017
An early 'portrait of a gentleman' added to biography of Norman May, which was kindly sent to us by Steve Fox. Do please tell us if you know who the sitter is.
New link added to the History Menu pointing to our tour of Barnards Green shops in 2012. In the five years since we took the photos many businesses have changed hands, so this page has been essentially relegated to archive status.
New page added 'Barnards Green, Malvern, then and now' which complements our tour of the shops - if you want to find out more about the history of Barnards Green you are advised to contact the curator at Malvern Museum who is leading an in depth study.
Street directory of Graham Road updated, but still more to add about past residents.
2nd February 2017
Memories of The Hill School incorporated; these were sent to us by Tony Gwynn-Jones who emigrated to Australia in 1952. Tony arrived at the school before WWII and his account includes interesting reminiscences of wartime Malvern.
3rd January 2017
We wish all our readers and contributors a very happy new year.
Minor edits to home page and update of our index to the Royal Academy catalogue of 1909 describing the McCulloch Collection of Modern Art.
2nd December 2016
First draft of modern street directory of Graham Road, with photographs, added. We have attempted to cross reference this with Stevens' street directory of 1911, but it has been hard work - do let us know if any corrections are needed or you can provide photos showing the architectural features of houses that cannot be seen from the road.
25th November 2016
Street directory of Graham Road, Malvern, added, transcribed from Stevens Directory of 1911. This reflects the order of houses in the street, and might help in locating a house that has changed its name. Many houses still stand and have retained their original name, but some have a new name, and one or two are recently built such as Hillstone House and Hillstone Mews.
19th November 2016
Biography added about MT Stevens (1866 - 1944) who founded The Malvern Gazette newspaper.
13th November 2016
Biography added about Zachary Merton (1843 - 1915), a metal merchant, who attempted to improve the education of the poor in London.
5th November 2016
Biography added about George Paterson Yeats, art teacher and Victorian watercolour painter.
3rd November 2016
Family history article about 'Relatives and others in Southampton' updated; it's a rambling account, but if you are able to add to it do get in touch.
25th October 2016
Following an exhibition in Great Malvern Priory, Victorian painters Mary Brandling and Fanny Steers added to list of Malvern artists and photographers; plus examples of their work and those of George Paterson Yeats.
Information about the last days of Hillstone prep school added to page about Malvern schools then and now.
More information about Dr John Campbell Fergusson, of the Malvern Hydro, added to page about the water cure.
Short article about Victorian metal merchant and benefactor 'Zachary Merton' in preparation. Please let us know if you can contribute either some notes on his life, activities of his trust, or a photo of him.
21st September 2016
Further amendments to page about past Malvern Schools. Pages about Great Malvern cemetery tidied up and new page 4 added including a transcription of the tribute to Rev William Grundy, headmaster of Malvern College who died in 1891 aged only 41 years.
21st August 2016
Short article added about journalist Ernest Jack Quill who was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal in WWII.
20th August 2016
Article about Hillstone School expanded. Do let us now if you have any photos of Hillstone or memories of the school, particularly covering the period from 1965 to 1992 when the site in Como Road closed.
9th August 2016
6th August 2016
Page about past Malvern schools updated with addition of more photos of Southlea school; photo of the WWII Roll of Honour of the Link School, which now resides in Malvern Museum; and memories of St Nicholas School for girls in Cowleigh Road, North Malvern which closed in 1957.
Page about the water doctors of Great Malvern updated, with enlarged section about Dr Thomas Rayner who took over the water cure establishment at Park View from James Wilson MD.
Minor edits made to pages about Abbey Road (addition of photo of James Wilson's memorial); Great Malvern Cemetery; the Priory churchyard; and photographer Norman May.
31st May 2016
Recently revised pages:-
Biography of Alice Kate Farmer updated; from 1920 to 1944 she was Councillor for the Trinity Ward of the Urban District Council and eventually vice-chairman of the UDC.
Page about Malvern schools updated with information about past headmasters of the Wells House prep school, and Clarendon.
Minor changes made to the biography of Norman May, photographer.
More information about CD Walton added to page about Malvern artists and photographers.
Second page about Great Malvern cemetery amended with revised section about Victor William Price who was killed in a flying accident in WWI, and his nephew Neville Bellamy.
10th May 2016
New page added:
About Henry Norman, a soldier of the Great War, and his family
Additional material added to pages about Great Malvern Cemetery
28th April 2016
New page added:
27th April 2016
New page added about schoolmistress Amy Flint who founded a girls' school named Clarendon in Cowleigh Road North Malvern about 1898. The school flourished but left Malvern and relocated to North Wales in 1948.
18th April 2016
New page added about school mistress Alice Kate Farmer who ran a school for young ladies at Langland House in Graham Road Great Malvern, before the First World War. Towards the end of WWI she was one of the founders of Malvern Women's Institute, and supported National Kitchens to help the poorly nourished.
Minor updates made to past Malvern schools, including St Nicholas prep at Cowleigh Bank. Information about Clarendon House girls' school still to add. Do let us know if you have stories or photos of closed schools.
24th March 2016
New page added containing historical information we have gathered about artists and photographers, mostly Victorian, having a connection with Malvern. Do please let us know either of any errors or if you can provide supplementary information, or photos.
3rd March 2016
Mini biography added about Norman John May who founded a photographic business known as Norman May's Studio in Church Street, Great Malvern in the late 1870s.
Do let us know if you can tell us more about Norman May, the evolution of the business under subsequent owners, or can provide photos that could be incorporated on the webpage.
1st March 2016
We are immensely grateful to those who send us information so that our web pages about local and social history can either be amended or extended. In the last fortnight the history of Malvern schools past and present has been updated, with significant new information added about Southlea in Albert Road, and The Hill which was on the Worcester Road; a big thank you to Peter Gibbs and John Webb for that.
Notes on the occupancy of Tudor House after 1891 have been added to the page about the water cure; thankyou to Michele Losse for helping with that.
Images from Malvern Museum have been added to our page about Holly Mount Mansion.
The story about blind clergyman William Edward Lloyd has been updated following receipt of new information from David Scott, a former archivist at Worcester College for the Blind; more to add.
We finally finished our photographic record of the memorials in Guarlford churchyard to link to the inscriptions recorded by Cora Weaver et al circa 1990; the list of inscriptions can be found on the Guarlford Parish website.
Please do let us know if you would like your stories and photographs copied to Malvern Museum.
2nd January 2016
Article added attributing the painting of George McCulloch in the Broken Hill Art Gallery, New South Wales, thought to be by 'Manks', to the Welsh portrait painter Barnett Samuel Marks.
We wish all our readers a happy new year.
25th November 2015
Short biography added about Revd William Edward Lloyd who despite a disability became a clergyman after attending Worcester Blind College.
Details of Chesfield added to page about Victorian houses in Abbey Road.
10th November 2015
New pages added telling the story of two Victorian houses, Hatley St George in Albert Road South, which for a time was occupied by the Junior House of Malvern Girls' College, and Holly Mount Mansion where Princess Victoria stayed in 1830 when she visited Great Malvern with her mother.
4th November 2015
Page about relatives and others in Southampton extended.
25th September 2015
A link to a review of books about the art collector George McCulloch has been added to the History menu; this relates to our glimpse into the world of Victorian art.
A panorama of Great Malvern has been added, and minor edits made, to our page about the history of the Malverns.
The page about the Victorian water cure has been updated with a little more information about the family of Dr James Wilson, and the history menu tidied.
Those interested in DIY may be interested to know a branch of Screwfix has opened in Betony Road, off Townsend Way in Malvern Link. Both Screwfix and B&Q in Spring Lane are part of the Kingfisher group.
Business people and those travelling a long distance to events at the Three Counties Showground, who sometimes find local hotels full, may be interested to know that a Premier Inn has opened on the edge of the Trading Estate. There is also a Premier Inn in Worcester next to the cricket ground.
5th July 2015
Biography added about Rev John Lindsay Birley a schoolmaster and organist who died in Germany in 2003.
Minor updates to page about Priory Park Mansion.
15th June 2015
Biography added about Gladys Sayle who founded Ellerslie school for girls in Abbey Road, Great Malvern, after the First World War.
3rd June 2015
Biography added about Isabel Greenslade a founder of Malvern Girls' College, with additional information about her family background and early business associates, Lily Poulton, Blanche Mitchell and Kate Dawson.
Biography added about Florence Kate Firth who followed on from Janet Leighton as Principal of Lawnside School.
16th May 2015
Two pages about buildings in Abbey Road updated.
18th March 2015
Short story added about the Malvern based Victorian painter James Charles Oldmeadow and his family.
8th March 2015
Short story added about the family of British painter George Romney (1734 - 1802). Two of his great grandchildren died at Malvern, one of whom is buried in Great Malvern cemetery, whilst another Eliza Jane Romney lived in the town for 30 years or more.
1st March 2015
Officially the start of Spring in the UK. Though it will probably be a week or two before we see many fresh shoots in gardens here in Malvern. However we have been told there is already a good show of spring flowers in the churchyard at Birlingham near Defford.
On Sunday 15th March there will be an opportunity to explore the gardens of Madresfield Court; see noticeboard for details.
29th January 2015
Many thanks to the people who have been in touch about the history of the area and have in some cases provided photographs; we greatly appreciate that. In consequence we have been able to update the following pages:
Page about Malvern schools amended with more information about, for example, the history of Douglas House and Ellerslie.
Story of Priory Park Mansion amended.
Information about 'Priors Mount' which once stood in Priory Road added to the page about College Road; during WWII it was the Officers Mess for HMS Duke.
Information about Hugh Bayfield Spear added towards end of the page Roll of the men of Malvern who fell in the Great War
20th November 2014
So many people died or were injured in the Great War. Families in all cities, towns and most, if not all, villages were affected. You will see we have been gathering information about some of the memorials in Malvern (UK) and in a few cases attempted to provide more information about casualties where little has been known. You are welcome to use this, but please check we have got the story right, and do let us know if you can provide further information.
Page added about the family of John Nelson, a casualty of the Great War.
Page added with a menu of links pointing to pages on this website which mention a casualty of war etc.
13th October 2014
New local history page added about the Nether Grange Estate
4th October 2014
7th August 2014
Putting a name to an old photograph; about Stephen Craddock who for one year was Mayor of Wolverhampton. Two of his nephews died in the Great War.
Details of war memorial plaques in St Mary added to page about Madresfield.
Burial date added to page about nurse Ethel Mary Lewis who served in the Great War.
(We were told about 457 old boys of Malvern College died in the Great War. Many being officers, that suggests the casualty rate was very high. Do you know what percentage of those that fought were killed?)
27th July 2014
Page added about St Leonard's Newland churchyard and choristers' war memorial.
15th July 2014
Addition of a short biography telling the story of the life and times of the Reverend George Shaw Munn, a clergyman of the Church of England, who was Rector of Madresfield in Worcestershire for 49 years, from 1856 to 1905.
5th July 2014
Addition of a book review, about a group of Victorian painters who became known as The Glasgow Boys.
29th June 2014
Two mini biographies added to history index,
Little previously has been written about Robert Sellar who was the business partner of Victorian Australian politician Sir James McCulloch. Charles Murray Puckle was one of the last partners of the Melbourne firm McCulloch Sellar and Company. His eldest son was killed at Gallipoli and we thought it appropriate also to write a few words about him, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the start of the Great War.
13th May 2014
Photographs of war memorial and other monuments added to local history page about Great Malvern Priory and its Churchyard
Photos of Madford retail park, near Malvern Link, added to,
11th April 2014
Addition of town walk illustrating more examples of Victorian architecture,
Addition of another family history story
11th February 2014
Additions to miscellaneous pages about Victorian art (see index) and cosmetic updating of some of the HTML tags; both work in progress.
14th December 2013
Hospital visits and convalescence reduced our activities this year, but we are on the mend and hope to be out and about more in 2014.
Minor changes have been made to the pages mentioned below and a new page created showing some Victorian photographs of men and women who may have been painters (we don't know who many of them are, but can you help identify them):-
The A to Z index was last amended in February 2013 and we hope to update shortly.
13th September 2013
Over the summer we completed several articles which had lain half finished for a while:-
Addition of local history page about Great Malvern Cemetery
Addition of local history page about the Victorian water cure doctors of Great Malvern
Addition of page about Great Malvern Priory and its churchyard which is not an in depth article, but contains miscellaneous information we have collected.
Addition of page about Edmund Wallace Elmslie the architect who designed Great Malvern Railway station and the Imperial Hotel. The article also mentions Dr Archibald Weir a Victorian physician and surgeon.
Addition of a transcription of the Will of Major General William Henry Beckwith whose daughters are buried in Guarlford churchyard. You can find out more about the Beckwith sisters and their family on the Guarlford website.
23rd June 2013
Addition of local history page about John Archer who was a hotel keeper during the years when the Water Cure was at its peak.
14th April 2013
Addition of local history page about Priory Park Mansion
Addition of local history page about College Road and Townshend House
5th March 2013
About Charles Morris a Victorian benefactor and Holy Trinity church
The story of a house named Davenham and Charles William Dyson Perrins.
The history of Farnborough Court in Hampshire
22nd February 2013
Addition of biography of Ethel Mary Lewis latterly of Malvern Link who was a district nurse and was awarded medals for her service during WWI.
18th February 2013
Recent pages added,
History of Farnborough Court in Hampshire
3rd February 2013
Addition of new 'history' page telling the story of surgeon Lawrie Hugh McGavin who worked at the Michie Hospital, and the 'Farnborough Court' Red Cross Hospital during WWI.
30th January 2013
Addition of new page briefl;y telling the story of the Michie Hospital, which was just one of many establishments set up to treat the casualties of the Great War.
21st January 2013
Addition of new web page A stroll down Abbey Road Great Malvern with some local history and photos showing examples of nineteenth century architecture.
15th January 2013
Addition of new web page Out and about in Malvern Link containing photos of some buildings in Malvern Link and their history.
3rd January 2013
Recent additions to photo gallery pages,
Amendments to page about Davenham and Charles William Dyson Perrins.
29th December 2012
Birth of our first grandson 'Ryo' in Tokyo
21st November 2012
New album added to Photo Gallery with photos of Wucha Jawar Camp which was on the North West Frontier of India near Peshawar circa 1940. There is also a link from our history page and the A-Z index.
16th November 2012
New page added to Other_Resources named Who is Who with links to help find Malvern Councillors.
Blog page created with update on South Worcestershire Development Plan
Davenham page about CW Dyson Perrins updated
Malvern schools then and now page updated
1902 Malvern telephone directory page amended
31st October 2012
New history page added telling story of what happened to some radio, TV and engineering companies. Click to view Companies then and now The year 2012 marks 90 years since the first BBC radio broadcast in 1922.
23rd October 2012
Page about the history of Daveham (a residential home for the elderly) updated following the open day which we attended on 20th October 2012.
Book review page added about John Dixon's new book 'The Churches and Chapels of Malvern'
New page added about the village of Madresfield which lies to the east of Malvern Hills.
8th October 2012
Addition of new history page, transcription of Malvern 1902 telephone directory
Amendments to history page Malvern schools then and now
5th October 2012
Addition of a local/social history page about the development of the utility services such as gas electricity and water in Great Malvern. Click the link below to view.
17th August 2012
Addition of locaal history page about Malvern schools then and now
10th July 2012
Recent additions to photo gallery:-
Land rover button changed to Motoring on all navigation bars, and site map and index brought up to date.
30th May 2012
Recent pages added
10th April 2012
Addition of a new family history page Relatives and others in Southampton
4th April 2012
Short history of Malvern page updated. Land Rover button on the Home page replaced by Motoring button. Directions to the old LDS family search page added to links. Guide to researching family history updated.
18th March 2012
Guarlford Grange deleted from list of guest houses - it is now a private residence.
New page added - our observations on the philosophy of religion
On Monday 12th March there was a road traffic accident on the Guarlford Road near the Green Dragon. No further information available at present.
7th October 2011
Changes to website
Will transcriptions and UKBMD added to Links page. Details of open day to find out more about draft local development plan added to notice-board. Family history guide updated.
6th October 2011
Theft of Guarlford Church Bell
Thieves stole the church bell from St Mary's, Guarlford, during the night of Thursday 6th and Friday 7th October. The bell had safely hung in a Hornbeam tree in the churchyard for nearly a century after the turret on the church roof was removed for structural reasons. The thieves cut the cable to the security lamp and tyre tracks suggest a heavy vehicle was involved.
Identification: the bell which weighs about 200 Kg is marked at the top M&S.CO and in the middle 'RECAST- 1926'.
The bell had also been marked with 'smart water' to aid identification.
The thieves had returned after being disturbed the previous night.
Anyone with information should contact West Mercia Police on Tel 0300 333 3000
17th July 2011
Family history - main menu page updated.
Will of Henry Evans of Greenhill Lane, died 1864, added
11th July 2011
Web pages for visitors to Quothquan and Biggar in Scotland updated.
Click this link to go to Quothquan Home Page.
10th June 2011
Obituary of James McCulloch (1797 - 1849) added to family history pages (see index).
6th June 2011
Family tree of John Brown updated. John and his brothers Archibald and Niven ran family baker shops in Greenock, Kilmacolm, and Ayr, Scotland
4th April 2011
Addition of A - Z Index page entered by clicking 'Index' button on right hand side of Home page navigation bar.
11th March 2011
We awoke to the first reports of the earthquake in Japan coming through on BBC radio.
1st January 2011
Unusually we had a white Christmas. The snow in Malvern first fell on the 17th December and remained until the thaw began on 28th. The weather was much colder than average with the lowest recorded temperature being minus 15 deg C. Fortunately the main roads were kept clear, but there was plenty of ice on side roads to catch the unwary.
12th December 2010
Link added to History page about Len Cundell who was a well known racehorse trainer in the 1930s. His story is told in a new book by his daughter Jane McKee.
5th November 2010
Minor updates to, links, eating out, and list of businesses; reference added at end of guide to researching your family history.
25th September 2010
Section about 'eyesight' added to 'Ergonomics for users of computers' page (for the benefit of those with slightly impaired vision).
Minor changes made to Land Rover pages
5th July 2010
Recent updates to the web pages
Addition of new Eating Out page
Update of Lest We Forget page
Addition of Genealogy Relationship Chart
Population of List of Local Businesses
Addition of List of Active Churches in Malvern
Book review - History of the non-conformist churches in Malvern
22nd May 2010
A Virgin hot-air balloon with large gondola slung below just misses high voltage cables and clears houses before landing in field opposite.
14th Feb 2010
Link to images of Malvern library and war memorial added to photo gallery
9th Feb 2010
Recent updates to the web pages
Roots page amended (about family history)
Photo Gallery pages amended
Link added to Other Resources page
16 Jan 2010
Links added to Other Resources page.
The snow which arrived on 5th January finally melts
26th December 2009
Beginning of icy weather.
Vauxhall Omega skids and crashes into the Gualrford pond railings; this time the railings break spearing into the engine bay. It's only a fortnight or so since the railings were repaired following a car traveling from Malvern ploughing through the railings.
20 Sep 2009
Battle of Britain Sunday
A moving service was held at Lansdowne Methodist church where we met to recall that in 1940 the RAF against all odds defended this country, and many gave their lives so that we can live and worship in freedom.
19 Sep 2009
Attack by dangerous dog
Account of attack by Staffordshire bull terrier added to other resources/blogs
17 Sep 2009
There was another collision at the junction of Chance Lane with the main Guarlford road at 4:30 pm. Police, fire, and ambulance vehicles were in attendance and the main road was closed for about half an hour.
11 Sep 2009
List of family killed or injured in conflicts added to other resources/roots
6 Sep 2009
First Quothquan web pages drafted, see 123-mcc.com/quothquan/index.htm
26 Aug 2009
New navigation bar added to web pages.
11th Sep 2008
Addition of Bangor reunion photographs; menu accessed from Photo Gallery page.
Landrover Discovery unreliability reference page added to resources.
15th Jun 2008
Safety in the home and car battery tips added to resources page. Navigation bar added to Notice-board to enable a search for local events and to view items for sale on Malvern Gazette Exchange and Mart site.
Titles added to menu and home page links; fade transition added.
15th May 2008
Health & Safety, Landrover Servicing, and Working with Computers added to Resources page
16th Sep 2007
Web pages rearranged to permit future expansion.
30th Jun 2007
We had a wonderful party to celebrate Stuart and Hayfa's marriage last year in Penang.
Last updated 24th March 2017