Launched in 2012, this book is your invitation to explore the springs and wells of the Malvern Hills, both in the field or at home in the armchair. Have you ever wondered where Great Malvern's Dumpling Fountain was? And did it look anything like a dumpling? Would you like to know, at last, where Dr Gully's elusive Neubie House really was? And which of today's well-used fountains was the brainchild of Barry Jackson? The answers to these questions, and a host of new information about the history of Malvern and its waters, can be found in Celebrated Springs of the Malvern Hills, by Cora Weaver and Bruce Osborne.
This work is the culmination of 20 years' research by the authors, who published their first book on the springs and wells of the Malvern Hills in 1992. That little book contained details of 27 springs and wells. This new work details 130 celebrated sites, and contains information and pictures that have never before been published.
Using this book discover the springs and wells of the Malvern Hills on foot, by car or bicycle - and historically. Maps and grid references guide you to elegant fountains, commemorative water features, animal troughs, water tanks, gushing flows and useful spouts where, even today, many people collect the water for domestic use. The text explains and interprets what you see. You can discover who provided water for the town before water mains were invented; where the water came from; who maintained the springs and fountains; who used them, and the problems of contamination. The theme of well-decorating since 1993 runs throughout the book, and is illustrated with many colour photographs of decorated wells, and there is a whole chapter on bottling Malvern waters.
Published by Phillimore in hard back, the book is lavishly illustrated with almost 200 pictures and a similar number of pages. This book would not have been possible without the support of many individuals and organisations, particularly Coca-Cola,who have ensured that Celebrated Springs of the Malvern Hills is a tribute to 160 years of bottling Schweppes Malvern Waters and that Malvern's water heritage will live on.
He said that although not formally named a National Park, the Malvern Hills are arguably
A further issue with Malvern is the link between the town and the hills. Many town visitors can see the hills but do not know how to reach them. This is now being addressed by the 'Route to the Hills' scheme initiated by Malvern Hills District Council. The