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.”
This is a spout in the centre of Great Malvern that was designed by Rose Garrard.
Old Bottling Works Spring
This spring is part way up the Malvern Hills above Great Malvern.
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.
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.
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 Trough
This shows the Trough in the foreground with the spout behind.
This spring is close to the Wyche Cutting and so well up on the Hills.
This is another spring that was decorated to celebrate the Royal Wedding.
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.
This was very well decorated by the 7th Malvern Girls Brigade with a floral tea party. It was worth a few photographs!
Westminster Bank Spring
West Malvern Tap
This was another Royal Wedding themed decoration that was very impressively executed.
St. James’s Churchyard
Earl Beauchamp’s Spout
North Malvern Tap
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.
This was a beautifully decorated spring that was having some maintenance when I photographed it.
Hay Baptist Well
This spring is just behind the Baptist Church and is quite awkward to photograph.
Coach House Theatre Pump
Barnards Green Trough
This was wonderfully decorated together with two straw horses at the trough. It won a Gold Award.
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.
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.
Another Gold Award winner, very beautifully decorated.
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.
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.
Another spectacular decoration that achieved a Gold Award with many photographs on the sides of the fountain.
This small tap is no longer functional, but was neatly decorated on the side of the main road.
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.
This is another first visit for me.
Lord Sandy’s Spout
Another substantial decoration with a Wedding Breakfast made out of plants and flowers.
Temperance Drinking Fountain