St Ann’s Well, Malvern, 1892

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Image #1: “WALKED” / 17/6/91 Drinking Fountain St Anns Well. Malvern | MALVERN / 10.30AM / 1 SEP 1949 / WORCS / Dear Doris / Having most / wonderful time. / Went to Theatre / last night. / Dermot Walsh film star / in “Stars Bow Down”. Long letter to follow. / Rained all night. / Most beautiful morning. / Love Jean.

Image #2: St Ann’s well, Malvern 74797 | EXCLUSIVE COPYRIGHT REAL PHOTO / PUBLISHED BY THE REAL PHOTOGRAPH CO LTD GRAPHIC WORKS TUNBRIDGE WELLS

29.10.1892
MALVERN. NEW FOUNTAIN AT ST ANN’S. – a gift which will be greatly appreciated by thirsty climbers of the hills. Mr. W. Forsyth was the sculptor. The water flows from a dolphin head into a pretty shell-shaped basin, the support of which is carved in hart’s-tongue ferns. A tablet tells to whom the visitors are indebted for the gift, and contains these lines, composed by the Rev. W. Blake Atkinson, rector of Bradley, near Redditch:

Drink of this crystal fountain. / And praise the loving Lord, / Who from the rocky mountain / This living stream outpoured; / Fit emblem to the holy fount / That flows from God’s eternal mount.

[Worcestershire Chronicle]

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Things living, and creeping!

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Image: Imperial Hotel (now Malvern St James Girls’ School), 2012

This was to be the sign – “But she, the goddess herself, gave to them to prevail over the dwellers upon earth, with best-laboring hands in every art. And by their paths there were the likenesses of living and of creeping things; and the glory was deep. For to the cunning workman, greater knowledge comes, undeceitful.”

An infinitely pregnant passage, this, of which to-day you are to note mainly these three things: First, that Athena is the goddess of Doing, not at all of sentimental inaction. She is begotten, as it were, of the woodman’s ax; her purpose is never in a word only, but in a word and a blow. She guides the hands that labor best, in every art.

The victory given by Wisdom, the worker, to the hands that labor best, is that the streets and ways, κελευθοι, shall be filled by likenesses of living and creeping things.

Things living, and creeping!

By this forming of Images there is to be gained a ‘deep’ – that is to say, a weighty, and prevailing, glory; not a floating nor fugitive one. For to the cunning workman, greater knowledge comes, ‘undeceitful.’

– John Ruskin: ‘Aratra Pentelici, Seven Lectures on the Elements of Sculpture – Given before the University of Oxford in Michaelmas Term’, 1870

Imperial Hotel, Great Malvern

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Image: Post Card. Tilley’s Series. Malvern 9.45am My 11 09 | Dear just a line / to say that I will / come to Wor by / a which leaves / here 11.53 perhaps / you will come to / Foregate St. Station / to meet me / Aunt as not been so well these last / few days. She as a terrible bad / face. / will tell you all / news when I / see you all / with love / to all / from…

11.06.1862
THE IMPERIAL HOTEL, MALVERN. The architect is Mr. E. W. Elmslie, a gentleman of high and deserved reputation in his profession. Mr. Thomas Perkins, builder, of Malvern, is the contractor… The whole of the carving in the several principal rooms has been done by Mr. Forsyth, of Worcester, with great taste. [Worcestershire Chronicle]

03.01.1863
OUR ENGRAVING. THE IMPERIAL HOTEL, GREAT MALVERN. The magnificent edifice, a view of which forms the subject of the large engraving in our Almanack, is not only a picturesque addition to the charming scenery of Malvern, but a most important addition to the comfort of the traveller and visitor. [Hereford Times]

St Leonard’s Church and Almshouses at Newland, Great Malvern

WF_Newland_Postcard Image: St Leonard’s Church, Newland, Great Malvern / Architect: P. C. Hardwick, 1864 / The Santuary / Photograph: Matthew Peach / Judges Postcards Ltd., Hastings, England.

18.10.1865

LOCAL INTELLIGENCE. NEWLAND CHURCH. The old church at Newland is being pulled down. … On the spot where the altar stood a cross is to be placed, Mr. Forsyth, of Worcester, being entrusted with the order. [Worcestershire Chronicle]

25.05.1868

“Memorial Cross in Marble with Carved Lilies / Palm Branch, Crown. Small cross / and Lamb” for Rev. James Skinner.

04.02.1869

“Memorial…in / Newland Church Yard” for John Julian Cresset Kent, Gentleman and Farmer at Kempsey.

30.05.1869

Unspecified work for Rev. James Skinner.

24.12.1869

Unspecified work for Rev. James Skinner.

16.03.1871

Unspecified work [Burrow] for Rev. James Skinner.

25.04.1873

Unspecified work [Pensioner Williams] for Rev. James Skinner.

21.10.1873

Unspecified work [Pensioner Walter] for Rev. James Skinner.

19.05.1874

Unspecified work for Rev. James Skinner.

23.06.1875

Unspecified work for Rev. James Skinner.

30.01.1876

Unspecified work for Rev. James Skinner.

04.10.1877

Unspecified work for Rev. James Skinner.

14.10.1880

“…executing 2 Green Marble Columns Moulded / Bases White Alabaster Caps carved with leaves / Grapes and Ears of Corn all polished & fixed” for Rev. George Cosby White.

12.10.1881

“… executing No. 4 red marble columns No. 4 green / marble bases and No. 4 Alabaster Capitals Carved / No. 4 Green bands and alabaster bands all polished / and fixed complete” and “3 Memorial crosses for Pensioners” for Rev. George Cosby White.

21.12.1882

“…executing Piscina and Credence Table and / fixing same as per drawings” and “Memorial Brass with Frame Work” and “6 Memorial Stones for Pensioners” for Rev. George Cosby White.

10.05.1883

“…executing & fixing Marble Step to Alter” for Rev. George Cosby White.

28.07.1883

“…Pensioners Memorials Lawrence & Charles” and “Mans time cutting letters on Marble Step to Sanctuary” for Rev. George Cosby White.

08.08.1883

“…Mens time working & fixing Marble Step and Alabaster Panels” for Rev. George Cosby White.

09.10.1883

“…2 Pensioners Crosses” for Rev. George Cosby White.

17.04.1884

“…4 Pensioners Crosses [Elizabeth Jones, Sarah Bennett, Richard Barber, Joshua Drew] / …executing Stone Cross [to Thomas Hurd]” for Rev. George Cosby White.

27.08.1884

“…2 Pensioners Crosses [Elizabeth Yeoman, James Jones]” for Rev. George Cosby White.

??.??.1885

“…One Pensioners Memorial Cross [Philpotts]” for Rev. George Cosby White.

25.09.1885

“…One Pensioners Memorial Cross [Hyde]” for Rev. George Cosby White.

28.04.1886

“…One Pensioners Cross [John Kings]” for Rev. George Cosby White.

07.07.1886

“…executing Marble Memorial Cross with / sacred Monogram… / as per estimate given / to the Revd G. C. White”, etc., for Charles Walmsley, of Barsham House, Graham Road, Great Malvern.

29.11.1886

“…One Pensioners Cross [Bridges]” for Rev. George Cosby White.

11.05.1887

“…One Pensioners Cross [Adnams]” for Rev. George Cosby White.

??.??.1888

“…memorial headstone & fixing / same in Newland churchyard” for Catherine Ridd, w/o Thomas Ridd, Coal Agent, of Powick.

18.06.1888

“…pensioner Elizabeth Caswell / …executing new Cross” for Rev. George Cosby White.

20.12.1888

“…Memorial crosses Pensioner / Edwin Smith & Pensioner / Mary Groves / …cleaning pensioner Roger’s / Memorial” for Rev. George Cosby White.

15.04.1889

“…executing marble steps & / fixing to chancel fixing new tread / to pulpit steps, alabaster cornice to / pulpit & new figure in alabaster / to centre panel also lining sides to / chancel screen with Rouge / Royal” for Rev. George Cosby White.

10.07.1889

“…executing memorial cross to the / memory of Pensioner [?] / wife & daughter” for Rev. George Cosby White.

13.09.1889

“…taking up Miss Skinner’s memorial / at Newland & thoroughly cleaning / the same” for Agnes Skinner nee Raymond, of 11 The Passage, Bath, w/o Rev. James Skinner.

11.04.1890

“…one Pensioner Stone named Trapp” for Rev. George Cosby White.

24.03.1891

“…executing memorial cross in Hopton Wood Stone” for Rev. George Cosby White.

14.09.1891

“…pensioners stone Morris / …mens time refixing marble / steps and tiles to chancel / …work in preparing and fixing / dormer windows / …executing seats in the best / Riga Oak”, etc., for Rev. George Cosby White.

05.11.1891

“…working and polishing alabaster / panel also working and polishing / Italian greotte marble band”, etc. for Rev. George Cosby White.

02.02.1892

“…one memorial cross to pensioner Holtam” for Rev. George Cosby White.

Great Malvern Railway Station

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Image: GREAT MALVERN RAILWAY STATION is the most ornate small station in Britain and a listed building. Constructed of local stone, the oldest rock in England, it was built in 1863 by the Hereford and Worcester railway to impress the visitor to the Spa town which was famous for the Water Cure. Every platform pillar is decorated differently. Following an arson attack, British Rail has restored the buildings to their former colourful glory / Photographs by John Winsor © 1991 Winsor Fox Photos / Printed by Larkfield Printing Company limited, Brighouse, West Yorkshire.