Great Malvern Cemetery has been in use since 1861, when it was first opened as a result of the Metropolitan Interment Act which permitted burials in consecrated ground outside churchyards.
The Cemetery was designed by WH Knight, a Cheltenham architect, who won a competition held by the Burial Board due to insufficient space in many burial grounds in the early 19th Century.
The ornate Anglican chapel is still in use, and features an original willow pattern toilet and gabled dormers. The two chapels (non-Conformist and Anglican), linked by an archway with tower and spire above, were also designed by WH Knight along with the Lodge, or Sexton’s Cottage.
A monumental gateway, designed by the Haddon brothers of Malvern, was added in 1874 and a small mortuary chapel in 1887. The Pevsner Guide to Worcestershire(2nd ed., 2007) rates the group of buildings as ‘a very good example’. The Cemetery’s fourteen acres contain some 15,000 burials including many persons of note, most famously Jenny Lind (1820 – 1887), the ‘Swedish Nightingale’. Others include:
· Henry Ward (1823 – 1867); winner of the Victoria Cross for conspicuous gallantry during the Indian Mutiny. Henry Ward's memorial has recently been restored after a fundraising campaign carried out by Malvern Town Council in association with the Victoria Cross Trust.
· R. E. ‘Tip’ Foster (1878 – 1914); cricketer and footballer and the only man ever to have captained England at both sports. ‘Tip’ Foster was one of seven brothers all educated at Malvern College, and all of whom played Cricket for Malvern and Worcestershire.
· Charles William Dyson Perrins (1864 – 1958); businessman, bibliophile and philanthropist, of Lea & Perrins’ Worcestershire Sauce fame.
Great Malvern Cemetery is associated with Caring for God’s Acre, a unique charity which aims to champion the conservation of churchyards and burial sites across the British Isles, so that they can be valued now and in the future for their heritage and importance to wildlife. Areas of grassland in the Cemetery remain uncut for the early summer to encourage wild flowers and other plants, while in the older parts of the Cemetery autumn brings colourful grassland fungi such as Waxcaps. The mature trees of the Cemetery include rarities such as a double-flowering Magnolia and a Strawberry Tree (Arbutus unedo) – the latter frowned upon by Pliny the Elder for the bitterness its nectar brings to honey. Over 100 species of naturally occurring and rare plants have been recorded in the Cemetery.
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If you would like to visit Great Malvern Cemetery the address is: Great Malvern Cemetery, Madresfield Road, Great Malvern, WR14 2AS.
The pedestrian gates in Great Malvern Cemetery are open between the following times, including Saturdays, Sundays, Good Friday, Christmas Day and Public Holidays:
1st April to 30th September: 0800 to 1800
1st October to 31st March: 0800 to 1600
Joanna Maria Lind is better known as Jenny Lind “The Swedish Nightingale” and her legacy as a world famous 19th-century opera star is still being celebrated well over a century after her death. The Swedish soprano star is buried in Great Malvern Cemetery. Jenny Lind was born in Sweden on 6 October 1820 and aged about nine years old, her singing was overheard by the maid of Mademoiselle Lundberg, the principal dancer at the Royal Swedish Opera. Jenny Lind became famous after her performance in Der Freischütz (The Marksman) in Sweden in 1838. She first appeared in London in Meyerbeer’s Robert le Diable in 1847. Henry Chorley reported that the town “went mad’’ about the Swedish nightingale, but after two acclaimed seasons in London, she announced her retirement from opera aged 29. In 1850, Jenny Lind went to America at the invitation of the showman P T Barnum. She performed 93 large-scale concerts for him and then continued to tour under her own management. She earned more than $350,000 from these concerts and donated all of the proceeds to charities. She returned to Europe with her husband Otto Goldschmidt in 1852 where she had three children and gave occasional concerts over the next two decades. She settled in Malvern later in her life and lived her final years at Winds (Wynds) Point, Herefordshire, on the Malvern Hills near to British Camp. Her last public appearance was at a charity concert at Royal Malvern Spa in 1883.
After her death in 1887, aged 67, she was buried in Great Malvern Cemetery to the solemn music of Chopin’s Funeral March. Jenny Lind’s grave can be found in plot 3 grave number 1264. A signpost points the way.
A businessman, bibliophile and philanthropist, C. W. Dyson Perrins was born in Claines, near Worcester; the son of James Dyson Perrins, the owner of the Lea & Perrins Worcestershire sauce factory and the grandson of William Perrins, co-originator of the Lea & Perrins secret recipe. He was educated at Charterhouse School and The Queen's College, Oxford, and then served in the Highland Light Infantry. After the death of his father, he took over management of Lea & Perrins. His father had also been a Director of the Royal Worcester Porcelain Factory, and Charles followed him, becoming a Director in 1891. He became Chairman in 1901, and supported the factory financially. He bought the company outright in 1934 and ensured its continuity from his own fortune, until it could be taken public in 1954.
In 1927, he purchased the Royal Worcester Porcelain Factory's historic ceramics collection for a price above market value, to assist the firm's cash flow. In 1946, he established the Perrins Trust to unite the factory museum collection and his own private holdings of Royal Worcester and ensure their survival. After his death, his widow established the "Dyson Perrins Museum" at the factory site to house the collection. It is now called "The Museum of Royal Worcester" (previously "Worcester Porcelain Museum").
C. W. Dyson Perrins lived in Malvern for most of his life and amongst his many charitable deeds in Worcestershire was the endowment of Dyson Perrins CE Sports College in Malvern. He served as High Sheriff and Mayor of Worcester. He was also a major benefactor of the Royal Grammar School, Worcester and endowed new buildings including Perrins Hall (1914) named after his father, an Old Boy. It is in this hall that the annual RGSW Organ Recital Series takes place. He became a Six Master and Chairman of the Governors of that school until the 1950s. His portrait by A. Hacker c.1907 hangs in the hall.
In Oxford, he funded the building of the Dyson Perrins Laboratory, which was the main centre for research into organic chemistry at Oxford University from its foundation in 1916 until its retirement as a laboratory in 2003. He received an honorary DCL from Oxford University.
During his life, he amassed one of the most important book collections in the world, particularly strong in medieval illuminated manuscripts and printed ballads. To help finance and re-establish the Royal Worcester factory after World War II, he decided to sell his important collection of early printed books, and they were mostly dispersed in a series of sales at Sotheby's in London in 1946 and 1947. His illuminated manuscripts and other remaining printed books were sold after his death in three major auction sales in 1958 to 1960. A record total for a single collection of £1,100,000 was raised by these sales. Items once owned by C. W. Dyson Perrins now form the basis of many other prominent collections, such as the Lessing J. Rosenwald Collection now in the Library of Congress. Many other items from his collection were given or bequeathed by him to public institutions such as the Victoria and Albert Museum, the National Gallery, the Ashmolean Museum, Winchester Cathedral library, and the British Museum. For example, his Mughal manuscript the Emperor Akbar’s Khamsa of Nizami is now in the British Library and "Palestrina" by J. M. W. Turner is in the National Gallery.
Malvern Heritage Trail at Great Malvern Cemetery. Please note that the Cemetery Heritage Trail Booklet is a working document and is being updated on a regular basis with the help of Heritage enthsiasts, Civic Society and the general public.
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