Malvern area has several graveyards and cemeteries still in
use. Graveyards are attached to particular churches and are
controlled by the ecclesiastical authorities. Public
cemeteries are the responsibility of local parish councils.
There are two cemeteries in the Malvern area - Malvern Wells
in Green Lane and Great Malvern in Wilton Road. These, like
hundreds of other municipal cemeteries, were established after
government legislation in the 1850's made the process of
burial cheaper and easier.
Malvern cemetery was planned on a former clay pit. The
Cheltenham architect W.H. Knight was employed to design the
lay-out with chapels, driveways and fine trees. He provided
two chapels, (Non-Conformist rather plain and Anglican more
ornate,) in Gothic style, linked by an archway with an
impressive tower and spire, and a neat lodge, recording on its
date stone the year the cemetery was opened - 1861. Later a
monumental gateway and small mortuary chapel were added. The
cemetery is roughly divided into "old" (pre-1950)
and "new" areas; and it now extends to the
Madresfield Road. It provides a wonderful resource for
studying the history of the town. Amongst over 15,000 burials
which it contains, are memorials to many of the people who
were responsible for the development of Malvern - builders,
architects, water-cure doctors, clergymen, shopkeepers,
businessmen, solicitors, policemen, railwaymen, artists,
musicians, sportsmen, soldiers, sailors, schoolteachers and
was to help record and safeguard this rich resource that the
Friends of Malvern's Cemeteries group was established in 2011.
Realistically, with limited resources, it has had to limit its
effort to the older graves in Great Malvern Cemetery, but
progress has been made in several ways:
recording group, led by Carleton Tarr and including Audrey James,
Valerie Greenwood, Roger Sutton and assisted by Brian Iles with his
encyclopaedic knowledge of Malvern, has copied the inscriptions of
many of the stones and is now checking them against records at the
cemetery and digital records held at the Hive in Worcester.
have been taken by Christopher Turner and have been collated by
graves have been renovated. The Society supported Worcestershire
Cricket Club and Malvern College in renovating the graves of the
famous cricketing Foster family in 2014. The Jenny Lind Society of
Stockholm has almost completed the renovation of the grave of the
"Swedish Nightingale", probably the most important grave
in the cemetery. Malvern Town council has organised a new stone for
Henry Ward, the Indian Mutiny Victoria Cross holder. The renovation
of other graves is planned.
Friends are trying to publicise the cemetery to the general public.
A booklet has been produced and walks to visit the more interesting
graves have been organised.
is still much to do. Further volunteers would be much
appreciated, as would any information about people buried in
the cemetery. Please contact Brian
Iles for more information or if you would like to offer
help or assistance with this project..