Priors' Vineyard Spring
NGR 77592 46225
Site Number: C101
Area 1. Malvern Town Centre Springs and Wells
Malvern Hills, England
Location: Under the Waitrose car park, west of Back Lane.
Description: A pool surrounded by a square stone wall and subsequently buried beneath a car park.
The spring, also known as the Vine Well, was originally situated in the vineyard of the Benedictine priory, which was established in 1085. The vineyard later became the gardens of large houses that were built along the Worcester Road in the early 19th century. For many years it emerged as a walled pool surrounded by an unsightly muddy patch in an overgrown and under-used picnic area. In 1999 it was contained beneath the supermarket car park. The water was then fed to the new Back Lane Spouts.
This source also served as a domestic supply for local inhabitants in Graham Road. Before 1999 a least one house on the down slope side of Back Lane had the water piped in from the spring for domestic purposes.
Perhaps one day archaeologists will rediscover this historic and attractive spring, when the car park of Waitrose becomes redundant.
1. The Spring before internment under the car park.
2. The spring site during ground work prior to construction of the Waitrose store.
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:
1 SPLASH - Lost - Nothing Much To See
5) GENERAL VISITOR INFORMATION:
Not Open To Public