Back Lane Spouts or Rose Gully
NGR 77630 46236
Site Number: C102
Area 1. Malvern Town Centre Springs and Wells
Malvern Hills, England
Location: Back Lane, below the supermarket car park.
Description: A landscaped area with ornamental fountain with three running spouts surrounded by blue bricks set in the car park retaining wall.
This water feature was completed in 2000 as part of the building of the Waitrose store. The water is not suitable for drinking, being a mixture of Prior's Vineyard spring water, ground and surface water. This is a spot to pause and contemplate that this is where the monks of Malvern once cultivated their produce: today we buy it pre-packed from the supermarket that now occupies the same land.
This water feature was completed in 2000 as part of the building and landscaping of the Waitrose supermarket. A competition to name the feature resulted in 'Rose Gully'. It is said that the 'Rose' was the second syllable of 'Waitrose', and 'Gully' a reminder of Dr Gully, the town's foremost water cure practitioner of the 19th century. When wags suggested that it sounded like an attempt to stifle a smelly drain or gully with roses, an explanatory plaque was erected. We prefer the tradional name Back Lane Spouts.
In 2014 this site won the Founders Award for Well Decorating as part of the May Day celebrations. The decorating was carried out by the Holy Trinity team and the prize presented by Cora, founder of Well Decorating in the Malverns in 1993.
1. Back Lane Spouts when first opened.
2. Under construction 1999.
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
Built Up Location
3) INFORMATION CATEGORY:
A Spring, Spout, Fountain or Holy Well Site
4) MALVERN SPRING OR WELL SITE DETAILS:
Site with Malvern Water
St Werstan Award
4 SPLASHES - Well Worth Finding
5) GENERAL VISITOR INFORMATION:
Access On Foot
Free Public Access
Accessible All Year