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Malvern Wells Municipal Cemetery
Entrance in Green Lane
Very little has been written about Malvern Wells cemetery, a small peaceful burial ground with a chapel near the entrance, maintained by Malvern Wells Parish Council.
Plans for the cemetery were being discussed in 1888 and the cemetery was consecrated in 1892. A report appeared in the Worcester News.
You will find a plan of the graves on the Malvern Wells Parish Council website where there are links to old and new spaces. These plans showing plot locations are a little difficult to interpret, but having found one grave and guided by date you can navigate to the one you are looking for.
Turn into Green Lane from the Wells Road, pass by St Peters church on the corner now apartments which has a small burial ground behind, and proceed further down; it's a narrow lane so take care. Malvern Wells Cemetery is on the right; on the left is a small pull in opposite the entrance.
Alternatively approach from the Three Counties showground and turn left into Green Lane where the road forks. Vehicular access is from the road along the east boundary - turn left just below the cemetery entrance.
General views of Malvern Wells cemetery
These photos were taken when we visited on 3rd November 2017
The entrance to Malvern Wells cemetery chapel
A view across western side of Malvern Wells cemetery
Looking south across the western side of Malvern Wells cemetery
Looking south across Malvern Wells cemetery from below the chapel
Looking SW from Malvern Wells cemetery chapel
The four graves with pink marble ledger stones surrounded by iron railings belong to the Hodgson family.
William Pritchit Hodgson died 1907 was a retired army surgeon.
His wife Emma Martin had died in 1897 so was one of the earliest burials.
Their son civil engineer William Hodgson died at Abbey Cottage, Malvern Wells in 1911. Graces Guide records his obituary:
WILLIAM HODGSON, born at Nottingham on the 7th September, 1851, died at Malvern Wells on the 20th August, 1911. Trained on the Midland Railway, under the late Mr. J. S. Crossley, he passed the whole of his professional career in the service of that company, acting as Resident Engineer on many new lines and other works, and for the last 10 or more years of his service being Engineer-in-charge of the whole Southern Division, now subdivided into two districts. Mr. Hodgson was elected an Associate of The Institution of Civil Engineers on the 5th February, 1878, was subsequently placed in the class of Associate Members and was transferred to the class of Members on the 23rd March, 1888.
William and Emma's daughter Emma Susanna Hodgson did not marry and died at Malvern Wells in 1932.
They had first been recorded at Malvern in the 1861 census, so would have been well known members of the community.
Looking NW through trees in Malvern Wells cemetery
Looking NW across the western side of Malvern Wells cemetery
The garden at the south end of Malvern Wells cemetery
Adjacent to the vehicular entrance
Looking back towards Malvern Wells cemetery chapel along main path
We are not aware of any survey of the memorials in Malvern Wells cemetery but we have added Malvern Wells cemetery to findagrave.com so that you can add your own memorials. Here are some we have noted.
John Samuel Abbott Dunbar
Next to the Hodgson burials is another tomb topped in pink marble next to the main path.
The inscription reads:
He had appended Dunbar to his surname by licence, the connection being his father, a builder, had married Helen Dunbar, daughter of wealthy shipowner and merchant Duncan Dunbar.
He had married Laura Elizabeth Glover at London in 1876 and seems mainly to have lived on private means in London. The 1901 census records him latterly living at 'The Shrubbery' in Malvern Wells.
Not far away we glanced down and saw an inscription in memory of Harry Beeden who had been killed at Flanders on 3rd November 2017, exactly 100 years to the day before our first visit to Malvern Wells cemetery.
The inscription reads:
The Malvern Remembers website records that he had been born at Singapore in 1890 and was educated at Musselborough Grammar School and Edinburgh High School where he figured highly on the prize list, distinguishing himself at sports and being the captain of several clubs. After his parents moved to Malvern, he was a member of St Peter’s Choir.
The inscription on another edge of the kerbing around the grave records the death of his mother:
Mary Dixey was a teacher at North Malvern primary school and a stalwart of the Priory church.
She is buried in Malvern Wells cemetery next to her mother Evelyn Hilda Dixey a relative of Charles William Dyson Perrins who was awarded the MBE for her services to the auxiliary hospitals in WWI.
The simple inscription reads:
Evelyn Hilda Dixey February
June 7th 2009
You can read more about the Dyson Perrins family on our page about Davenham.
Pearl Priscilla Sayle
Pearl Priscilla Sayle was the sister of Gladys Sayle the founder and headmistress of Ellerslie school for girls in Abbey Road.
The inscription reads:
In loving memory of our darling sister Pearl Priscilla Sayle, born Holy Innocents Day 1897, passed over September 6th 1939. In his presence is the fulness of joy.
Close by is a memorial to members of the Bidwell and Topham families with links to the racecourse at Aintree and the Grand National.
The inscriptions read,
Edward William Topham who began the family's association with Aintree in 1839 was a former Clerk of the Course; the family had lived at Paddock Lodge, the famous house adjacent to Aintree’s winners’ enclosure. Mirabel Topham nee Hillier was another well known supporter of the racecourse.
Malcolm Hillier Crew
Malcom Hillier Crew is remembered by a uniquely decorated memorial at the north west corner of the cemetery.
The memorial reads:
His obituary can be found on the Graces Guide website. To quote:
Sisters of Mercy
Nearby is a memorial, depicting the crucifixion, which may mark the resting place of nuns of the Convent of the Holy Name which was was located in Ranelagh Road in Malvern Link between 1887 and 1990, but moved to Derbyshire and is now known as the Community of the Holy Name
The inscription reads,
The Guarlford Story records that circa 1906 Rev Hubert Jones enlisted assistance from the Sisters to run mothers' meetings and classes. They also helped unmarried mothers, and in more recent times assisted with Sunday School at Madresfield.
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Last updated 18th June 2019