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Malvern Water Cure Gallery

The reason Malvern water is so special is because it contains no minerals at all, and is totally pure. In the early nineteenth century, the German, Vincent Priessnitz, discovered hydropathy. This is the use of water to cure illnesses. His theories spread to England via the efforts of prominent Malvern doctors such as Dr James Wilson, Dr James Manby Gully and Dr Ralph barnes Grindrod. After the death of Dr Wilson in 1867, the attractions of the Malvern water cure began to decline, due to the growth of spa establishments on the continent.

Further Reading

  • Janet Grierson, Dr Wilson and his Malvern Hydro: Park View in the Water Cure Era, (Malvern, 1998)
  • John Winsor Harcup, The Malvern Water Cure or Victims for weeks in Wet Sheets, (Malvern, 1992)
  • Cora Weaver, Malvern as a Spa Town (The Water Cure), (Malvern, 1991)

Image Gallery

Hover your mouse cursor over the thumbnail images on the left to see a larger version.

  • St Anne's Well Malvern

    St Anne's Well, Malvern, c.1900
    This was Malvern's most popular spring, and was dedicated to the patron saint of springs and wells.

    St Anne's Well Malvern

  • Needless Fears cartoon

    'Needless Fears' cartoon from 'Malvern Punch', 1863

    Needless Fears cartoon

  • Sheet Rubbing

    'Rubbing with a sheet' cartoon from 'Malvern Punch', 1863.

    Sheet Rubbing cartoon

  • Three weeks wet sheets

    Cover of 'Three Weeks in Wet Sheets', 1856
    This was a wildly exaggerated contemporary account of the Malvern Water Cure, by John Leech.

    Three Weeks in Wet Sheets

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