Ivy House Spring and Nags Head Pump
NGR 77686 47027
Site Number: C13
By Bruce Osborne and Cora Weaver (C) 2012
Area 2. Malvern Link Springs and Wells
Malvern Hills, England
Location: Ivy House on Malvern Link Common.
Description: a spring and ditch which is now generally dry
There was once a prolific spring in the garden of Ivy House. Now it is usually dry, the water draining into a ditch that runs along the side of the ancient orchard. An old iron pump by the side door of the house still works and there is another pump on the side of an adjacent brick-built shed.
Stephen Ballard was born on 5th April 1804 at Ivy House in Malvern Link. His father Philip was a Herefordshire man who married Charlotte Baylis, who came from a well-known Ledbury family, on 27 January 1795 in Ledbury. The Ballard family were active in the Malvern Hills, both furthering the conservation of the hills as well as developing numerous commercial interests. See Ballards Spring for more information.
The Ivy House pump and ditch are on private property. However just across Moorlands Road from the Ivy House spring site is the Nags Head public house. In recent times an iron hand pump has been mounted on a wall outside the establishment. Unfortunately it is not connected to a water source but it is decorated occasionally for the well dressing in May.
1. Ivy House Pump.
2. Nags Head pump.
The map alongside is a small section of our more comprehensive map of the area. For the complete map together with a description and history of this site see "Celebrated Springs of the Malvern Hills" (2012).
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Celebrated Springs of
THE MALVERN HILLS
A definitive work that is the culmination of 20 years researching the springs and wells of the Malvern Hills, published by Phillimore. This is the ideal explorers guide enabling the reader to discover the location and often the astounding and long forgotten history of over 130 celebrated springs and wells sites around the Malvern Hills. The book is hard back with dust cover, large quarto size with lavish illustrations and extended text. Celebrated Springs contains about 200 illustrations and well researched text over a similar number of pages, together with seven area maps to guide the explorer to the locations around the Malvern Hills. It also includes details on the long history of bottling water in the Malvern Hills.
Written by Bruce Osborne and Cora Weaver, this book is available on-line for £15.00 (delivered UK) - click Malvern Bookshop on the green panel top left. Alternatively send a cheque payable to Cora Weaver with your name and address to 4 Hall Green, Malvern, Worcs. WR14 3QX.
1) TOPOGRAPHICAL LOCATION:
Malvern Hills - arguably Britain's original National Park
3) INFORMATION CATEGORY:
A Spring, Spout, Fountain or Holy Well Site
4) MALVERN SPRING OR WELL SITE DETAILS:
3 SPLASHES - Of Moderate Interest
5) GENERAL VISITOR INFORMATION:
Access On Foot
On Private Property
Free Parking Nearby