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14. Great Malvern Priory Church

Worcestershire, England, 2021

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The Priory of Great Malvern was a monastery for over 450 years, from 1075 to 1540. After the dissolution of the monasteries by Henry VIII, local people bought the church and saved it from destruction and continued as the parish church of Great Malvern to this day.

The present building was begun in 1085 major rebuilding work in the 15th century (~1440 to 1500) to increase the size of the church e.g. the nave was extended upwards based on the great columns of the Norman Romanesque church. It has the largest collection 15th century stained glass windows n England.

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General views of Great Malvern Priory Church Worcestershire England

General views of Great Malvern Priory Church (west to east).

Great Malvern Priory Church Worcestershire England

 

Exterior views of the east end and south transept of Great Malvern Priory Church Worcestershire England

Exterior views of the east end and south transept of Great Malvern Priory Church.

External view of the Great East Window Great Malvern Priory Church Worcestershire England External view of the Great East Window.

 

Looking east down nave of Great Malvern Priory Church Romanesque columns on either side Great Malvern Priory Church Worcestershire England

Looking east down the nave of Great Malvern Priory Church with the mighty Romanesque columns on either side.

 

Great Malvern Priory Church Worcestershire England

The church was extended upward, but building on the original nave columns.

 

chancel arch of Great Malvern Priory Church Worcestershire England

The chancel arch of Great Malvern Priory Church.

 

choir stalls and altar in the chancel-sanctuary of Great Malvern Priory Church Worcestershire England

The choir stalls and altar in the chancel-sanctuary of Great Malvern Priory Church.

 

Sanctuary and Great East Window of Great Malvern Priory Church Worcestershire England

The Sanctuary and Great East Window of Great Malvern Priory Church, dating from the 15th century. The glazing may have begun in 1430.

 

decorated altar piece in the chancel of Great Malvern Priory Church Worcestershire England

The decorated altar piece in the chancel of Great Malvern Priory Church.

 

Great East Window of Great Malvern Priory Church Worcestershire England

The Great East Window of Great Malvern Priory Church.

 

Details of the medieval stained glass panels Great East Window of Great Malvern Priory Church Worcestershire England

Details of the medieval stained glass panels Great East Window of Great Malvern Priory Church.

 

North Aisle of the Nave of Great Malvern Priory Church Worcestershire England

North Aisle of the Nave of Great Malvern Priory Church.

 

Great Malvern Priory Church Worcestershire England

The extended upward building onto the original Romanesque arches, you can see the difference in the finer stonework of the later wall.

 

view west down nave to Great West Window of Great Malvern Priory Church Worcestershire England

The view west down nave to Great West Window of Great Malvern Priory Church.

 

 nave columns of the south aisle and the great west window of Great Malvern Priory Church Worcestershire England

The nave columns of the south aisle and the great west window.

 

details of the medieval stained glass panels of the Great West Window of Great Malvern Priory Church Worcestershire England

Some details of the medieval stained glass panels of the Great West Window of Great Malvern Priory Church.

 

Stained glass window panels in the North Transept, Magnificat Window of Great Malvern Priory Church, given by Henry VII in 1501-1502 Worcestershire England

Stained glass window panels in the North Transept, the Magnificat Window of Great Malvern Priory Church, given by Henry VII in 1501-1502.

 

Details of the stained glass panels of the Magnificat Window Great Malvern Priory Church Worcestershire England

Details of the stained glass panels of the Magnificat Window

Great Malvern Priory Church Worcestershire England

 

Fragments from medieval stained glass panels in the North Aisle of the Chancel of Great Malvern Priory Church Worcestershire England

Fragments from medieval stained glass panels in the North Aisle of the Chancel of Great Malvern Priory Church.

Great Malvern Priory Church Worcestershire England

Great Malvern Priory Church Worcestershire England

 

Millennium Window in North Aisle of the Chancel modern stained glass window by the artist Thomas Denny (Great Malvern Priory Church Worcestershire England

A Millennium Window also in North Aisle of the Chancel, a modern stained glass window by the artist Thomas Denny (details below).

Great Malvern Priory Church Worcestershire England

Great Malvern Priory Church Worcestershire England

 

Great Malvern Priory Church Worcestershire England

The 2nd modern stained glass  Millennium Window by the artist Thomas Denny (details below), installed in 2004.

details of the modern stained glass  Millennium Window by the artist Thomas Denny Great Malvern Priory Church Worcestershire England

Great Malvern Priory Church Worcestershire England

 

Aslan was the lion character in the CS Lewis book, the The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Great Malvern Priory Church Worcestershire England Great Malvern Priory Church Worcestershire England

Aslan was the lion character in the CS Lewis book, the "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe". He was obtained from a shop window display!

Great Malvern Priory Church Worcestershire England

 

medieval stained glass windows in St Anne's Chapel, Great Malvern Priory Church Worcestershire England

The medieval stained glass windows in St Anne's Chapel, Great Malvern Priory Church.

Great Malvern Priory Church Worcestershire England

Great Malvern Priory Church Worcestershire England

Great Malvern Priory Church Worcestershire England

Details of some of the fragments from the original medieval stained glass window panels.

 

sunken chapel on the north side has a beautiful miniature fan-vaulted ceiling Great Malvern Priory Church Worcestershire England

The sunken chapel on the north side has a beautiful miniature fan-vaulted ceiling (detail below).

Great Malvern Priory Church Worcestershire England

 

 

Misericord seating in the choir of Great Malvern Priory Church Worcestershire England

Misericord seating in the choir of Great Malvern Priory Church. These 'mercy seats' were installed, with their elaborate carvings, in the 14th and 15th centuries - the carvings depict mythological creatures, domestic scenes and the 'labours of the months' - some examples of the detailed carvings are shown below.

examples of the detailed carvings of the misericords Great Malvern Priory Church Worcestershire England

Details of some of the carvings on the misericord seating.

Great Malvern Priory Church Worcestershire England

Great Malvern Priory Church Worcestershire England

Great Malvern Priory Church Worcestershire England

Great Malvern Priory Church Worcestershire England

Great Malvern Priory Church Worcestershire England

 

 locally made 15th century medieval floor tiles Great Malvern Priory Church Worcestershire England

Some of the original locally made 15th century medieval floor tiles, mounted on the wall behind the chancel of Great Malvern Priory Church.

Great Malvern Priory Church Worcestershire England

Great Malvern Museum is housed in the Priory Gatehouse, Abbey Road, the original medieval gateway to the priory Great Malvern Priory Church Worcestershire England

The Great Malvern Museum is housed in the Priory Gatehouse, Abbey Road, the original medieval gateway to the priory.

 

Great Malvern Railway station, architecture of the Great Western Railway Great Malvern Priory Church Worcestershire England

Great Malvern Railway station, architecture of the Great Western Railway.

 



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