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Past Malvern residents and visitors of note

This is the first draft of a list of some of the notable people who have either lived in or visited Malvern. Apologies, there are so many more but, so far, we have not found time to transcribe them.

Peter Mark Roget (1779-1869) MD

Peter Mark Roget died while visiting Malvern and loding at Ashfield House in West Malvern.

Qualified in medicine at Edinburgh. Best known for his Theosaurus. Died at Ashfield House 1869. Buried at St James, West Malvern. Click for photo of his memorial.

Dr Benjamin Jowett (1817-1893)

Theologian. Professor of Greek and Master of Baliol College Oxford. Recorded visiting Malvern in 1881 with a tutor and three undergraduates, staying at Harrow Cottage next to Ashfield House in West Malvern. Died at Oxford in 1893.

Click to read entry on Wikipedia

Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837-1909)

Poet, playwright, and novelist. Is said to have visited Benjamin Jowett at Ashfield House in West Malvern in the summer of 1875.

Click to read entry on Wikipedia

Sir Augustus Frederick Godson (1835-1906)

Barrister and MP for Kidderminster 1886 was living at Ashfield in College Road Great Malvern in 1906. He was a nephew of Richard Godson.

Ashfield, College Road, Great Malvern

Ashfield, College Road, Great Malvern

Charlotte Ruth Tennyson D'Eyncourt (1870-1965)

Was staying at Ashfield in College Road Great Malvern with her mother Jane Charlotte Godson widow of Augustus Frederick Godson in 1911. She had married Edmund Charles Tennyson D'Eyncourt who was the first cousin once removed of the poet Alfred Lord Tennyson.

Edmund was the grandson of Rt Hon Charles Tennyson of Bayons Manor in Lincolnshire who was 'upwardly mobile' and changed his surname to Tennyson D'Eyncourt in 1838.

Stanley Baldwin

Stanley Baldwin future MP for Bewdley and Prime Minister, briefly stayed in Malvern in 1897 with the Artillery Volunteers. He may have stayed at Woodgate.

Sir Harry Edward Dixey MD

Sir Harry Edward Dixey MD lived at Woodgate in Albert Park Road North which lies opposite the junction with Victoria Road, not far from his daughter Evelyn who lived at Dawn in St James Road, and brother in law Charles William Dyson Perrins at Davenham. Click to read more about the Dixey family.

Woodgate is probably divided into apartments now.

Illustration of Woodgate

Illustration of Wooddgate

Daphne Drake

Daphne Drake lived at Woodgate in the 1970s when she wrote the history of Malvern Link.

William Forsyth (sculptor, carver, gilder)

Drinking fountainSculptor William Forsyth was born at Kelso, Scotland about 1834, and died at Worcester in 1915.

He married Elizabeth Cobham of Upton upon Severn and settled in Worcester.

Examples of his work can be found at Great Malvern railway station, The Priory, St Ann's Well, and opposite the railway station in Malvern Link; see photo of drinking fountain opposite, on the edge of Link common.

His son Adam had a workshop in Malvern.

Williams sometimes worked with his brother James (1827 - 1907) who was also a sculptor.

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