Little Malvern


Anglican: St Giles Priory

Little Malvern Priory was founded in the early 12th century. What stands today is the chancel and central tower from a rebuilding in the 15th century. The interior contains fragments of various medieval work including exceptional 15th century stained glass in the east window.
St Giles features in Betjeman’s Best British Churches, 2011, and is usually open during daylight hours. The church has an excellent car park and also toilet facilities.

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                                      St Giles’ Church from old undated postcards. (Interior c1910.)

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                                                                         St Giles Church,  April 2015.

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The Parish Website (see link below) has an excellent Photography section. 


References and some further sources:
Aiken, John. Census of Religious Worship, 1851: The Returns for Worcestershire.
Bridges, Tim. Churches of Worcestershire (2005)
Brooks, Alan, and Nikolaus Pevsner. Buildings of England: Worcestershire  (2007)
Morgan, Paul. Inspections of churches and parsonage houses in the Diocese of Worcester in 1674, 1676, 1684, and 1687 (1986)
Noake, John. The Rambler in Worcestershire or, Stray Notes on Churches and Congregations.  Volume II (1851)
Ransome, Mary. The State of the Bishopric of Worcester, 1782-1808  (1968)
Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service, The Hive Worcester, Parish Papers: Little Malvern, Ref.850

n.b. Full details of these books can be found on the Bibliography Page.

Websites:          British History Online:  Entry for Little Malvern. 
                           Grade I Listed Building:  Listing Details Here.
                           Historic England listing:  Please Click Here.
                           Parish Website.
                           A Church Near You.
                           Family History Website.

Nearby Anglican churches:  Great Malvern,  Malvern Wells,  Welland.

Roman Catholic:  St Wulstan’s.

Built in 1862 by Benjamin Bucknall for the Berington family of Little Malvern Court. Sir Edward Elgar and his wife are buried in the churchyard.

          St Wulstan 2005

          St Wulstan’s Church, 2005.  Picture courtesy Phil Draper  (

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                                                                St Wulstan’s Church, April 2015

For more pictures from 2015:  Please Click Here.                                     (

Websites:          Grade II Listed Building:  Listing Details Here.
                           Historic England listing:  Please Click Here.
                           St Wulstan’s Parish Website.

 For references, British History Online and Family History Website, please see under St Giles above.

Please click on red text for a link.  External websites will open in a new window.                    Page updated May 2022.