The Priory in Malvern, Worcestershire dates back to Norman beginnings.
According to the Worcester Monastic Annals the building work began in 1085.
The Priory was built for thirty monks and was much smaller than it is now. The areas coloured red in the plan on the right are part of the original building, itself part of a larger complex of Monastery buildings.
Not long after the time of the Battle of Hastings St Wulstan, the Bishop of Worcester, encouraged a monk, called Aldwin, in the work of founding a monastery in what was then the Malvern Chase. (A chase was an unenclosed area of land where wild animals are preserved for hunting).
Great Malvern Priory in Malvern, Worcestershire, England, was a Benedictine monastery c.1075-1540 and is now an Anglican parish church. In 1949 it was designated a Grade I listed building. It is a dominant building in the Great Malvern Conservation area. It has the largest display of 15th century stained glass in England, as well as carved miserichords from the 15th and 16th century and the largest collection of Medieval floor and wall tiles. In 1860 major restoration work was carried out by Sir George Gilbert Scott.
The Priory is well known for it’s Priory Bells. In the museum there is a bell on display.
Didn’t get inside the Priory, I thought this would give me an excuse to return to take pictures of the inside. Very soon I hope.
Looking for things to do while we are here in the UK, I searched nearby attractions on the internet and found that the Malvern Museum were holding a World War 1 exhibition.
The description on the web site:
Malvern Museum has begun its programme of exhibitions and activities to commemorate the momentous years of the Great War as it affected the inhabitants of the Malvern area.
Visitors receive a replica 1915 National Registration card, which gives brief details of one of 20 individuals who lived in Malvern at the outbreak of war. Visitors will discover what happened to them in a fuller description found in the last display room where other Great War events can be seen.
So off we went down to the beautiful town of Malvern in Worcestershire.
With a cost of 2 Pounds entrance fee I was looking forward to seeing a collection of artifacts from the Great War. The museum is small but the collection is good. The History of Malvern is evident in all the four rooms showing the many items.
Malvern is famous for it’s natural spring water and the benefits of it’s priorities are shown in the “Water Cure Room”
Moving on to the War exhibition. Although not a lot of artifacts on show, the main exhibit was of the “Gas Mask for a Baby”
Overall a very nice museum which is well worth a visit.