St Ann's Well, Malvern Hills - Steve Luttrell
St Ann's Well is set on the slopes of the Malvern Hills above Great Malvern, with commanding views over the Severn flood plain. The building dates back to 1815 and houses an elaborately carved water spout from which Malvern Water flows. It also houses the St Ann's Well Café. The well is conveniently sited on a path leading up to the Worcestershire Beacon.
St Ann is the maternal mother of Jesus and the patron saint of many wells.
The water from the well is believed to have healing powers.
Out of thy famous Hille
There daily springeth
A water passing still
That always bringeth
Great comfort to alle them
That are diseased men
And makes them well again
So Prayse the Lord!
A plaque above the water spout celebrates the water.
Drink of this crystal fountain
And praise the loving Lord
Who from the rocky mountain
This living stream out-poured
Fit emblem of Holy Fount
That flows from God's eternal mount
The café provides a fare of vegan and vegetarian meals, teas, snacks, a selection of scrumptious cakes and you can also fill your glass with water fresh from the spring.
This is not the first time the unaccountable quango otherwise known as the Malvern Hills Conservators has found itself embroiled in controversy. In 1963 they made the decision to demolish the “lump of Victoriana” known as St Ann's Well. John Betjeman, poet and founding member of the The Victorian Society expressed concern about the plans for the building and his support and strong public feeling for St Ann's Well convinced the Conservators to change their minds.
The café has acquired something of a New Age cum hippy reputation, which may be why the Conservators are determined to close it down.
Two ley lines pass through the café. Nigel Kennedy has used the octagonal room for a recording.
In a world of corporate conformity, we need quirky little places like St Ann's Well Café.
The supporters of the café do not intend to give up without a fight. A support group has been formed on facebook and an on-line petition launched which all are encouraged to sign.
St Ann's Well Café
Save St Ann's Well...!!!