Borough of Malvern It is believed the township was named by the Pennsylvania Railroad in 1873, some 10 years after the Civil War, but it is not known whether the name choice came from the Battle of Malvern Hill, Virginia or directly from Malvern, England. The name is based on the Welsh for 'bare hill' similar to that of Malvern England. The area was originally settled by Welsh immigrants in the 17th century who bought land from William Penn. Today the buildings reflect the Victorian era when much of the town was built. The population is about 3,450. The following sequential pictures give a further insight into Malvern today.
1. Malvern greets you as you approach the town.
2. The horse drawn cart is a reminder of the past.
3. Early Irish settlers suffered a cholera epidemic which threatened their future.
4. The mayor David Burton shows envoy Bruce Osborne from Malverns Worldwide the railway station.
5. The train to Malvern arrives.
6. A Malvern Ambulance outside the National Bank of Malvern.
7. A typical street in Malvern. This is King Street, the Borough's main thoroughfare.
8. The historic Malvern Inn characterises the 19th century buildings.
9. Downstream of the springs to the south-east of the Borough, St Josephs in the Hills have created a religious grotto. The springs were contained and were a principal water supply for Malvern.
10. The church spire on the crest of the hill acts as a focus for the Borough.
11. A street fair includes the Historical Commission stand where Lynne Hockenbury, together with Barbara Rutz and Kelly Schmitt promote Malvern's history.
12. An typical early spring house that survives, once a prime source of water.
13. Envoy from Malvern England Cora Weaver is spotted in this street scene.
14. Cora presents the letter from the mayor of Malvern England to David Burton, mayor of Malvern Penn.
15. A picture of Malvern England is presented to the Borough Council as part of an exchange of gifts with the Malvern Council in England. Malvern England received a state flag of Pennsylvania that had flown over the State Capital in Harrisburg on the 26 April 2017 on behalf of Duane Milne, PA House of Representatives. Other gifts received included books detailing Malvern's history and from State Senator Andy Dinniman, a book detailing the art in the State Capital Building (see our June newsletter for more details).
16. The mayor and Ira Dutter outside the spring house that could become a trial bottling works. Ira has forty three years experience of dealing with the locality.
17. Natural spring water flowing from the hills. The water finds its way eventually into the Delaware River at Philadelphia.
- Malvern Pennsylvania is one of four Malverns that lie on the Lincoln Highway. This ancient route from New York to San Francisco is an amalgamation of wagon trails that became the first paved road for motor vehicles across the continent in the early 20th century. The other three Malverns from east to west are Ohio, Illinois and Iowa. Today we find that the interstate now provides a faster route for vehicles and many localities have become backwaters, albeit providing peaceful townships for modern day settlers. In the past however the movement of settlers west can be traced through the four Malverns. Malvern Iowa was named as a result of earlier connections with Malvern Ohio and Malvern Illinois similarly with Malvern Pennsylvania. In turn the origins of the earlier settlements can be traced back to the United Kingdom. Explorers of the Lincoln Highway today find many valued and preserved buildings and artefacts that illustrate this colourful past.
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