Sacred Spring

Angie Latham

Upton Upon Severn, Worcestershire, United Kingdom

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Image made from the beautifull Malvhina water sculpture by Rose Garrard from which flows the natural spring water from the depth of the Malvern Hills in Worcesterhire, England.

Research by Rose Garrard in 2006 has revealed for the first time an ancient tradition of Well Dressing in the Malverns. In the 12th and 13th centuries the Holy Well was dressed annually with offerings, probably on August 5th, in thanks to St Oswald for water cures there. In 1615 there was a national drought, but as Malvern`s springs kept flowing they “were (well) dressed as a token of gratitude for a plentiful supply of water” (Malvern Advertiser 1870)

CS Lewis lived in Malvern as a child, including a spell at Malvern College, 1910-14. He introduced JRR Tolkien to the Head of English, George Sayer and The Lord of the Rings was first put down on tape at his Malvern home.

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