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British Camp Wells



NGR 75806 40180
Site Number: C57
By Bruce Osborne and Cora Weaver (C) 2012
Area 6. British Camp Area Springs and Wells
Malvern Hills, England


Location: immediately west of the Herefordshire Beacon on land belonging to Winds Acre.
Description: a hand pumping engine over a well.

From the British Camp car park continue along the A449 towards Ledbury. After a few hundred metres is a track off to the left, which eventually leads to Walms Well. A short distance up the track on the left is an unusual hand-operated windlass which operates a double lift pump in a well approximately three metres deep. Its water supplied The Pleck (formerly Beacon Cottage), an adjacent cottage lower down the hill. The particulars of a sale of the estate in 1920 recorded that the rotary windlass pump supplied water for washing purposes. The windlass is no longer in working order but is a rare example of a domestic facility still in situ.

At one time nearby Winds Acres was owned by Professor Alardyce Nicoll who was occasionally visited by his friend - the artist, author, poet, playwright and designer Dame Laura Knight (1877 - 1970). In the 1930s she used the upper room of the stable and coach house as a studio and extended the west window to improve the light and the view.[1] During the 1935 Malvern Festival the local newspaper reported that Professor and Mrs Alardyce would be staying at their pretty hillside cottage and that they proposed to name it "Wind's Acre," because they were often telephoned by the wind.[2]  They did, and the house has since been known by that name.

There is also a second well in the grounds.
 
Illustrations:
1. Windlass.
2. Storm over our town, Malvern, painted 1935-51, Dame Laura Knight. The windy weather that gave rise to the name.

Footnotes:
[1] Personal communication with Mrs Nicoll, December 1998.
[2] Malvern Gazette 17 August 1935. 

 
 
 
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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SUPPLEMENTARY 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
2) LANDSCAPE:
Uplands
3) INFORMATION CATEGORY:
A Spring, Spout, Fountain or Holy Well Site
4) MALVERN SPRING OR WELL SITE DETAILS:
Site with Malvern Water
4 SPLASHES - Well Worth Finding
5) GENERAL VISITOR INFORMATION:
Access On Foot
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