Sir Edward Elgar was inspired by the Malvern Hills and lived at one time ion Malvern Wells. Many of his works were written in Malvern including Land of Hope and Glory and the Enigma Variations.
He, his wife and daughter are buried in Little Malvern at St. Wulstan’s.
Auden taught at the Downs School in the 1930’s and wrote some of his finest love poems there including ‘The Malverns’. Whilst there he married for one night. An interesting story.
Evelyn Waugh was a good friend of the Lygons and often stayed at their family home, Madresfield Court, Malvern. The Lygon sisters were the famous ‘Beauchamp belles’ and the family and house became the setting and inspiration for Brideshead Revisited.
CS Lewis studied at Malvern College and much of the area played a part in the creation of Narnia as did Malvern’s famous Victorian gas lamps. One evening walking with J R R Tolkien (Lord of the Rings) after a drink in a Malvern pub it began to snow and Lewis remarked “it would make a very nice opening line to a book”.
Jenny Lind was the Swedish soprano known as ‘The Swedish Nightingale’ which came from the poem by Hans Christian Anderson ‘The Nightingale’ written when he was in love with her. She was much treasured in America and in the 1850’s commanded $1,000 per performance there. She spent her last years at Wynds Point on the Malvern Hills and is buried in Great Malvern.
In 1362 William Langland wrote his allegorical/social satire poem ‘The Visions of Piers Plowman’ which begins in the Malvern Hills.
The Cottage in the Wood makes a good touring base for where the Archers meets reality.
Nearby Pershore, a pretty market town on the River Avon is Borchester; The Bull pub is an old half timbered building “The Old Bull” at Inkberrow and St Stephen’s Church is St Mary the Virgin in Hanbury, whilst Hanbury Hall (NT), a William and Mary mansion, has been used as Lower Loxley Hall, home of Nigel and Elizabeth Pargetter. Both are near Droitwich