St Wulstan

Built in 1862, our church is located on the eastern slopes of the Malvern Hill, many visitors come to our cemetery to pay their respects to Sir Edward Elgar who is buried there with other members of his family.

About this church

A quarter of a mile away is Little Malvern Court, originally a Benedictine monastery with its adjacent Priory Church, reduced at the Reformation to the chancel and tower of the original building which now form the local Anglican parish church.

​Little Malvern Court was in Catholic Recusant ownership until the 20th century, had a priest's hole during penal times and later a chapel for local Catholics. By the middle of the 19th century this was becoming too small for the local Catholic congregation and so, in 1862, a new church, St Wulstan’s, was built nearby. It is probable that the Catholic Mass has been celebrated at Little Malvern every Sunday since the Reformation.

​The main church was built in 1862 with the Baptistery being added some years later. The land was made available by the Berington family of Little Malvern Court. In the original design there was the intention to have an apse behind the main altar but this was never built as there would not have been enough support for the foundations needed.

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Glorious furnishings
  • Fascinating churchyard
  • Social heritage stories
  • Famous connections

Visitors information

  • Level access to the main areas
  • On street parking at church
  • Parking within 250m
  • Accessible toilets nearby
  • Dog friendly
  • Walkers & cyclists welcome
  • Space to secure your bike

Other nearby churches

St Giles Priory

The priory was founded in the 12th century, but the Perpendicular features of the present church date from a 1480s rebuilding by Bishop Alcock of Worcester after he visited the priory to investigate its poor state.

Great Malvern Priory

When the priory was founded in the 11th century, this part of Worcestershire was a densely wooded forest, probably as remote as anywhere in England.

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