Green Valley Spring and Tank
NGR 76946 45915 (Tank 77047 46020)
Site Number C125
By Bruce Osborne and Cora Weaver (C) 2012
Area 3. North Malvern Springs and Wells
Malvern Hills, England
Location: High up in Happy Valley, west of Malvern town centre above Belle Vue Terrace.
Description: a covered spring and seasonal stream.
In order to avoid confusion, it should be noted that Green Valley is the earlier name for Happy Valley. Like most of the valley springs on the east side of the hills, Green Valley Spring is rain dependent so runs dry in drought conditions. Stonework around the contained spring suggests that there may have been a trough accessible at ground level in the past.
The top of a nineteenth-century tank can be seen about 100 yards above the Happy Valley Spout as you climb the valley towards the source of the Green Valley Spring. This would have acted as a collector and header tank for supplying Green Valley Spring water to properties below.
Further up the valley above and to the west of the 19th century tank, at 778 feet O.D, is the spring that is channelled into a gully running down the side of the main path. In the 1840s the spring supplied many of the houses in the village, including the Unicorn, Foley Arms Hotel, Coburg Baths, Royal Library and Mount Pleasant. The overflow ran to Hay Well and from there to Spa Mill.
1. The Green Valley spring and outfall.
2. View from the tank down the valley showing Green Valley Spring water as a rivulet and the Happy Valley Spout in the distance.
3. The same view as the previous picture only 100 years earlier. (courtesy Chris and Roland Bannister)
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
3) INFORMATION CATEGORY:
A Spring, Spout, Fountain or Holy Well Site
4) MALVERN SPRING OR WELL SITE DETAILS:
Site with Malvern Water
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