NGR 78116 47439 (new) 78156 46055 (old)
Site Number: C12
By Bruce Osborne and Cora Weaver (C) 2012
Area 2. Malvern Link Springs and Wells
Malvern Hills, England
Location: Formerly in the entrance lobby at Malvern Community Hospital, Landsdowne Crescent. But now in the heritage hallway on the first floor of Malvern Community Hospital, 185 Worcester Road, Malvern Link.
Description: a wall mounted basin and spout with two cups and chains.
The fountain started life in the entrance lobby at the Malvern Community Hospital, Lansdowne Crescent. This charming drinking fountain dates from the time the hospital was built and equipped by wealthy local benefactor Charles Mr Dyson Perrins, of Davenham in Graham Road. The plaque above the fountain records the opening of the hospital on 29 May 1911. The porcelain basin, which was made at Morrison & Ingram's Hygeia works in Manchester and the green tiles made at the Minton China Works in Stoke on Trent, is now dry, but it is a rare delight to find original cups and chains still attached.
The Department of Health and HM Treasury approved 19.3 million pounds of capital funding in December 2007 to construct a new community hospital in Malvern. It was agreed that a new 24-bed hospital would be build at Seaford Court, in Malvern Link, with a planned opening date to the public of autumn 2010. By July 2010 engineers had already been to inspect the fountain with a view to moving it to Malvern's new hospital.
Malvern's third hospital opened in Worcester Road in December 2010. In February 2011 Cliveden Conservation of Bath carefully and skilfully removed the fountain from Lansdowne Crescent and installed it in a hospital heritage area outside the ward on the first floor of the new hospital. The basin had four hairline cracks in it, so removing it without causing more damage was particularly difficult. Six days later HRH the Princess Royal formally opened the new hospital.
Friends of Malvern Springs and Wells were balloted to consider presenting the St Werstan Award to this heritage water feature in June 2011, following the successful conservation of the drinking fountain. The award was presented in August 2011 and can now be seen mouted alongside the fountain.
A horse trough outside the old hospital disappeared some years ago.
1. In the Malvern Community Hospital with the St Werstan Award plaque.
2. The former hospital in Lansdown Crescent where the fountain was in the entrance foyer.
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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Website: Click HereSUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION
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
Built Up Location
3) INFORMATION CATEGORY:
A Spring, Spout, Fountain or Holy Well Site
4) MALVERN SPRING OR WELL SITE DETAILS:
St Werstan Award
3 SPLASHES - Of Moderate Interest
5) GENERAL VISITOR INFORMATION:
Access By Road
Access On Foot
On Private Property
Free Public Access
Free Parking Nearby
Accessible All Year