Malvern Well Dressing 2011

Last year I posted some photographs from the Malvern Well Dressing.  This year around 40 or so of the springs, wells, pumps and troughs have been decorated, making this one of the largest well dressings in the UK.  The theme this year was “Togetherness” and with the Royal Wedding taking place on Friday, many of the wells were dressed show some connection with the Royal Wedding.  More details of the spas can be found on the Malvern Spa Association website.

Following are some photographs taken on Friday at some of the dressed wells.

Railway Station Trough

This trough is at Great Malvern Railway station and was dressed by one of the local junior schools.  The booklet is “Together Forever.”

Railway Station Trough

Malvhina

This is a spout in the centre of Great Malvern that was designed by Rose Garrard.

Malvhina

Old Bottling Works Spring

Old Bottling Works Spring

Happy Valley

This spring is part way up the Malvern Hills above Great Malvern.

Happy Valley

St. Ann’s Well

This is one of major wells on the hills where folks used to come to take the water in Victorian times.

St. Ann's Well

Weaver’s Well

This is a well which I’ve missed in the past.  It was decorated to celebrate the Royal Wedding with a pair of rings on the flower cushion in the centre.

Weaver's Well

Lower Wyche Spout

This is the upper of a pair of springs that are very close together (both are shown on the photograph of the Lower Wyche Trough

Lower Wyche Spout

Lower Wyche Trough

This shows the Trough in the foreground with the spout behind.

Lower Wyche Trough

Wyche Spring

This spring is close to the Wyche Cutting and so well up on the Hills.

Wyche Spring

Willow Spring

Willow Spring

Evendine Spring

This is another spring that was decorated to celebrate the Royal Wedding.

Evendine Spring

Royal Well

The Royal Well is actually in a location where the Victorian benefactor that provided the well also established a concert hall and other facilities, but the WInter Gardens in Great Malvern was more attractive and easier to get to, and so the facilities here didn’t last for long.

Royal Well

Hay Slad

This was very well decorated by the 7th Malvern Girls Brigade with a floral tea party.  It was worth a few photographs!

Hay Slad

Hay Slad

Hay Slad

Dingle Spring

Dingle Spring

Westminster Bank Spring

Westminster Bank Spring

West Malvern Tap

This was another Royal Wedding themed decoration that was very impressively executed.

West Malvern Tap

St. James’s Churchyard

St. James's Churchyard

Earl Beauchamp’s Spout

Earl Beauchamp's Spout

North Malvern Tap

North Malvern Tap

Clock Tower

Clock Tower

Stocks Fountain

The Stocks fountain is adjacent to the stocks (which are just behind the railings in this picture) where presumably those guilty of crimes were held for the amusement of the populace.

Stocks Fountain

Rose Gully

This was a beautifully decorated spring that was having some maintenance when I photographed it.

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Hay Baptist Well

This spring is just behind the Baptist Church and is quite awkward to photograph.

Hay Baptist Well

Coach House Theatre Pump

Coach House Theatre Pump

Barnards Green Trough

This was wonderfully decorated together with two straw horses at the trough.  It won a Gold Award.

Barnards Green Trough

Wilson’s Fountain

This is at an awkward place.  The actual spring comes out on the side of a road below where this photograph is taken.  The seat above the spring has been decorated.  There is also a plan to erect a memorial to Wilson (who was one of the doctors responsible for promoting the water cure in Malvern.

Wilson s Fountain

Wilson Fountain

Ellerslie Fountain

This is one of the more tricky places to decorate a spring (or to take photographs) as it is directly on the side of a busy road.

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Holy Well

Another Gold Award winner, very beautifully decorated.

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Holy Well

Eye Well

This is on a quite a high path on the hills and I think its decoration had suffered from the wind by Monday when this photograph was taken.

Eye Well

Devil’s Well

This was a new one to me, although I used to live in Malvern Wells some years ago and travelled along the road close to this spring on many occasions and probably walked on the path that comes down the hill beside it.  A lot of work seemed to have gone in to decorated this spring.

Devil's Well

Devil's Well

Jubilee Fountain

Another spectacular decoration that achieved a Gold Award with many photographs on the sides of the fountain.

Jubilee Fountain

Wynds Point

This small tap is no longer functional, but was neatly decorated on the side of the main road.

Wynds Point

Dripping Well

This is the highest spring on the hills and is very exposed — I think some of its decoration had been blown by the wind by the time of my photograph on Monday.

Dripping Well

Danzell Spring

This is another first visit for me.

Danzell Spring

Lord Sandy’s Spout

Another substantial decoration with a Wedding Breakfast made out of plants and flowers.

Lord Sandy's Spout

Lord Sandy's Spout

Lord Sandy's Spout

Temperance Drinking Fountain

Temperance Drinking Fountain

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