Great Malvern Priory



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A modest church was first constructed here in 1085, in what was then the wild landscape of a hunting preserve in the ownership of Westminster Abbey. A monastery was established, and the original Romanesque structure was considerably extended in the 15th century. The magnificent medieval wall tiles, richly carved misericords and the great windows at the west and north, donated by Henry VII and the future Richard III, date from this prosperous period. When the monastery was dissolved in the 16th century, the church was sold to the townspeople for £20, and it has served the parish ever since. Victorian restoration included the decorative painted wooden ceiling in the nave, and a window depicting the Queen to celebrate her Golden Jubilee. Two unusual modern windows by glass artist Thomas Denny were added to the church to mark the Millennium.

Great Malvern Priory
Church Street, MALVERN, WR14 2AY


  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Parking nearby
  • Fully accessible
  • Facilities: Induction loop, ramps
Opening times
  • Open all year
  • Opening Times: Open all year daily 9–5

About the area

Discover Worcestershire

Worcestershire is a county of rolling hills, save for the flat Vale of Evesham in the east and the prominent spine of the Malverns in the west. Nearly all of the land is worked in some way; arable farming predominates – oilseed rape, cereals and potatoes – but there are concentrated areas of specific land uses, such as market gardening and plum growing.

Worcester is the county town, and home to Worcestershire County Cricket Club, which has what some regard as the most attractive grounds in the country, in a delightful setting with views of Worcester Cathedral. The Malverns, Great and Little, set on the slopes of the Malvern Hills, are renowned for their refinement. Great Malvern, terraced on its hillside site, came to prominence as a genteel spa for well-to-do Victorians, rivalling the likes of Bath, Buxton and Cheltenham with its glorious surroundings.

Sir Edward Elgar was a Worcester man, and his statue stands on the High Street, facing the cathedral. The cottage where he was born is now a museum and he is commemorated on the £20 note. Other notable Worcestershire figures include poet A E Housman, chocolate magnate George Cadbury; and Lea and Perrins, inventors of Worcestershire sauce.

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