‘The Malvern Water Cure’ | The History, The Cure and Her Majesty by the Marlbank Inn, Country Pub since 1860.

After a decade of past occupancy, two previous owners, this town steeped in history from the ‘Malvern Water Cure’ to historic buildings, quaint Independent ships, Edgar Elan and the scenic Spa Town; we bring you the Marlbank Inn! Based on a 2-acre site, the 700k project was to establish the Marlbank Inn as a true country pub. Nestled in the lovely area of Welland, Malvern- it has been welcoming customers since 1860’s according to the Kelly & Co Directory. Much of the Victorian town of Malvern, owes its prosperity to the Victorian era and the many thousands to include Royalty, Queen Elizabath, other members of the Family famouse visisors and settlers such as Darwin, Dickens, Tennyson and Florence Nightingale. All of whom headed to Malvern in drones to recuparate with the magical “Water Cures”.

101 – The Springs | James Manby Gully & Charles Dickens

The Malvern water is famous for containing just nothing at all..!”
– 1756, Dr John Wall- testing the water, he found it contained very few minerals.- Wikipedia. Org- Malvern Water Cure, Purity

Advocated and famous celebrities and figures flocked to Malvern to ‘take the cure’. Some to name where Royal Family members as we know she visited Belle Vue Terrace and the Mount Pleasant Hotel. Among so were Florence Nightingale, Charles Dickens and his partner, Alfred Lord Tennyson and we imagine many more.Charles Darwin and his wife and their daughter are buried in the historic town.

“It is a most beautiful place. Oh heavenly to meet the cold waters as I did this morning when I went out for a shower bath.” Charles Dickens: letter

Malvern Water Cure & its Purity, Worcestershire, England

The Malvern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Unit (Malvern Hills AONB) The Water Cure, historically gained much of its popularity when two doctors, Dr James Wilson and Dr James Manby Gully who set up a hydrotherapy centre in Malvern in 1842. Queen Victoria is an avid fan and we’ve been told “she only drinks Malvern water”.? Word of mouth shall we say; what is factual is the design of the Malvern Water bottles. They are exquisite and tie the heritage and lineage of the lovely Spa town.

The glass bottles are classically endowed with a crest and emblem finished in regal blue for still and a desirable emerald green for still water. With a mark and quality, in 1987 Malvern gained official EU status to market as ‘natural mineral water’ .

Rose Garrard, Sculptor of Malvhina, Greater Malvern, Belle Vue Terrace

The Artist, ‘Rose Garrad’ of Bewdley, Worcestershire, England.  is an internationally acclaimed Installation artists, video and performance artist, sculptor and author. Gaining recognition and her collections acquired worldwide to include the New South Wales government Art Gallery in Australia. The Malvern Water cure and its ties to antiquity are perhaps little known, but the town has a few focal points that share the history as well as have an open tap from the Malvhina water feature based Centrally in Greater Malvern, Belle Vue Terrace. Just opposite the Post Office. There is also a tourist board with more information on the Malvern Water Cure and list of local walks and information.

Rose Garrard created the sculpture, she is a Worcestershire based Installation, performance artist and sculptor and comprising a member of town councillors for the MSA, founded by the Spa Water Strategy Working Group. The Heritage Lottery Fund helped create the beautiful piece an continues to support the upkeep of Malvern along with its dedicated ‘Malvernites’ and beyond. Thank you for your beautiful- timeless creation to our lovely town. We salute you!

The Water Cure historically gained much of its popularity when two doctors, Dr James Wilson and Dr James Manby Gully who set up a hydrotherapy centre in Malvern in 1842.

The Queen’s Favourite Water- Malvern of course!

Her Majesty is well known for drining Malvern Water, which has been bottled since 1610! Apparently and its well documents, that Her Majesty doesn’t travel without the ‘Water cure’!  There seems to an avid ancient- royal attraction to Malvern, as it was too enjoyed by the first Queen Victoria also.  The design of the Malvern Water bottles, are exquisite and tie the heritage and lineage of the lovely Spa town. The glass bottles are classically endowed with a crest and emblem finished in regal blue for still and a desirable emerald green for still water. So what is the water cure and why is Malvern water so great?

What sets it apart, is that it permeates and filters through very hard rock formations, whilst finer cracks filter other impurities; it leaves no mineral traces and I can assure you, it is very special and we’re very topped up with it behind our bar.

The water cure and Malvern waters popularity can be a hedge on the consistency of the hardest form rocks and oldest found in the United Kingdom. This unique geology is reasonable for the clarity and crisp taste- as it is filtered through Precambrian igneous and metamorphic rock the older of which are estimated to be about 670 million years old!

Malvern water is rainwater and snowmelt water that is filtered and pushed through layers of Silurian Shale and limestone into and under the Precambrian rock. Even more astoundingly, depending on the rainfall in Malvern, the flow varies from as little as 36 gallons per minute, that’s over 350 litres per minute. That a lot of Malvern Water!

The Top Springs in Malvern, the Water Cure!
In case you are as bedazzled as we are, there are springs plentiful in Malvern.
If you fancy resting your cockles thereafter, meet us at the Marlbank inn for a pint!


Taking the ‘Water Cure’ In Malvern | Finding the Water Spings, Malvern, Worcestershire, England! 

  • Malvhina water feature, Belle Vue Terrace – town centre
  • Beauchamp Fountain, on the Cowleigh Road
  • Evendine Spring, located on  Jubilee Drive on the west flank of the Malvern Hills.
  • Hayslad Springs, located on West Malvern Road – adjacently located to the British Camp.
  • Holy Well, in Malvern Wells- adjacent access from the Mount Pleasant Hotel, the 99 steps.
  • St Ann’s Well,  Great Malvern can be accessed through the 99 steps from Belle Vue Terrace.

Image Usage Credits: James Manby Gully, 1860s. Titled- “Hydropathy”. Caricature by Spy published in Vanity Fair in 1876.