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.
- 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,
Hover your mouse cursor over the thumbnail images on the left to
see a larger version.
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.
'Needless Fears' cartoon from 'Malvern Punch',
'Rubbing with a sheet' cartoon from 'Malvern
Cover of 'Three Weeks in Wet Sheets',
This was a wildly exaggerated contemporary account of the Malvern
Water Cure, by John Leech.
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The page is next due for review 11 November 2014.