Local History Books

Books about Malvern and its surroundings

There are many local history books written which can be of great interest to family historians. They can detail the history of a village, local business or institution and often contain illustrations or photographs of people and places.

Many of these books are published by a recognised publisher, but some are privately published. Almost all are only offered for sale in the areas to which they relate.

Most family historians no longer live in the areas in which their ancestors resided and so they often have no idea what local history books are available. One of our out-of-area members highlighted this problem, so we are attempting to give details of those books we know about, for the benefit of visitors to our web site. We have added comments from our members comments where appropriate.

If our readers know of any books that we have omitted please send in details and we will add them to our list.

TitleAuthorYearISBNPublisherDescription
THE MALVERN HILLS AND WESTWARDArchie Miles20020-9542690-1-2 Travels through the Malverns and East Herefordshire (in photographs)
SCIENCE COMES TO MALVERN – TRE: A STORY OF RADAR 1942 – 1953Ernest Putley2009This is a very interesting and informative account of the development of radar in Malvern and the important part it played in the defeat of the axis powers. Cost is currently £4. 95 but only obtainable from Malvern Museum.
THE STORY OF MALVERN LINK WORCESTERSHIREDaphne Drake FLA2000First Paige
19 Abbey Road
Malvern WR13 2ES
A5 size 35 pages. 2nd Edition This excellent book charts the history of the Link from about 1000 BC to 2000AD. The story is enhanced by the inclusion of appropriate illustrations and photographs. Available from the publisher and local bookshops.
MALVERN CHASEPamela Hurle 1993Malvern Chase: its origins, law and legacy (booklet)
THE MALVERNSPamela Hurle19920-85033-8190-0
PhillimoreMainly about churches and places.
MALVERN VOICES: CHILDHOODed.Gill Holt20010-9541520-0-XAn oral history of the 20th Century
MALVERN VOICES: SCHOOLSed. Gill Holt20020-9541520-2-6An oral history
AROUND MALVERN IN OLD PHOTOGRAPHS Keith Smith19890–86299–587-6Alan Sutton
Publishing
Gloucester
An excellent collection of old photographs, postcards & prints covering the period 1850s to 1950s.
THIS WAS OUR MALVERNCompiled by Margaret Bramford.
2000Beacon BooksAn entertaining account of life in a Spa town in Worcestershire, in the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s, as recalled by Malvern folk themselves, with occasional glances backward to even earlier times. In two volumes, each containing 30+ photos several in colour.
THE MALVERN WATER CUREJohn Winsor Harcup19920–9507540–3–X
About the cures and the people involved.
BYGONE MALVERNPamela Hurle19890-85033-725-9A wonderful collection of old pictures, postcards & prints of Malvern in the early 20th century.
AQUAE MALVERNIENSISCora Weaver & Bruce Osbourne1-873809– 07-7A history & topography of the springs, spouts, fountains & wells of the Malvern’s. Includes people & places.
THE MALVERNS: Images of EnglandBrian Iles0-7524-3667-8Tempus
Publishing Ltd
Collection of over 200 photographs documenting life in the Malverns from 1860s to 1950s
A MALVERN BIBLIOGRAPHYRoger Hall-JonesFirst Paige
19 Abbey Road
Malvern WR13 2ES
An historical and descriptive account of books published about Malvern 1725-1987
CASTLEMORTON FARMER - John Royner Lane 1798-1871Pamela Hurle0-95229366-0-7Collection of diaries of the articulate and reasonably well-off farmer who travelled widely during his lifetime
COLWALL COLLECTIONStephen Ballard19991-873809-37-9Colwall Millennium ProjectMemories of an Herefordshire Village
THE GUARLFORD STORYThe Guarlford History Group20050-9550498-0-6An Account of Guarlford and its inhabitants from pre-Roman days until the present time, with emphasis on social activities and working enfironments over the last 150 years
THE GUARLFORD SCENEThe Guarlford History Group2005978-0-9550498-1-1The Group's 2nd book is a pictorial celebration of the village which remains a vibrant community and a pleasant place to live
UPTONPamela Hurle0-85033-687-2Upton is fortunate to have reached the 21st century with so much of its ancient charm and so many of its older buildings still intact.
DEAR POLLYEd Meriel Hayes1-85858-221-0Letters to a Victorian Lady's Maid from Alfred Hayes an orderly at Sandhurst collected by their grand-daughter
OLD WORCESTER: PEOPLE AND PLACESBill Gwilliam0-951352-8XLocal, social and industrial history collected from a range of sources not easily obtained elsewhere
MEMORIES OF WORCESTERTrue Northern Books1-903204-25-9A collection of pictures showing people and places covering the 19502 and 1960s
WORCESTERPaul Harrison20050-7524-3726-7Tempus
Publishing Ltd
Black and white pictures of different ares of the city including sport, Royal Worcester and Elgar
KAYS OF WORCESTERBernard Mills20030-9546662-0-8Kays' long history from the latter part of the 18th century to the end of the 20th century
THE HISTORY OF BARBOURNEClaire and Terry Wardle2007978-0-955-3809-0-7MTC Ltd
PO Box 665
Worcester
WR1 3WN
The history of a Victorian suburb on the north of Worcester from Anglo-Saxon times to the present day illustrated with maps, plans, drawing and photographs
OLD REDDITCH VOICESAnne Bradford2005Hunt End BooksThe history of Redditch told by people who experienced or were closely associated with it
STOURPORT-ON-SEVERNAnne Bradford2002Hunt End BooksThe history of Stourport-on-Severn told by people who experienced or were closely associated with it
OF THE PARISH HERE AND THEREGill LawleyNoneAnmar Publications
Fernhill Heath
Worcester sunny.side49@
virgin.net.co.uk
The history of Martin Hussingtree
WYCHBOLD BEFORE THE MOTORWAYRobin SkerrattDroitwich Print
North Street
Droitwich
Full of pictures of people, mostly named, at work, rest and play from the early 20th century to the 1960s
MEMORIES OF WYCHBOLDRobin SkerrattE Baylis & Sons Ltd
Worcester
Recounts memories through the 20th century of the village telling where people lived and their occupations
PERSHORE PEOPLEJanet Daniels and Marion Freeman2004Privately printedDescription of the lives of people of Pershore's past, many just ordinary folk
AROUND PERSHORE IN OLD PHOTOGRAPHSMichael Dowty19880-80299-480-2Visual memories via the lens of William Ward Dowty (1887-1979) covering the time he was learning the family business in the High Street, Pershore. Simple tour of Pershore and its villages
PERSHOREMarion Freeman19970-7524-0726-0Collection of old phographs and postcard in a nostalgic look at old Pershore and surrounding villages
PERSHORE REVISITEDMarion Freeman07524-7524-3737-2Tempus
Publishing Ltd
Images of Pershore
PERSHORE, WHERE D'YE THINK?Compiled by Margaret Bramford.Sedgeberrow
Retail Market
Pershore
01386 751830
An account of life in a small market town in the 1920s and 1930s as recalled by Pershore folk themselves
DOMESDAY BOOK - WORCESTERHIRECompiled by direction of King WIlliam I 19820-85033-161-5PhillimoreStatistical survey carried out in 1086AD of population and productive resources of the whole country
WORCESTERSHIRE CONTIGUOUS PARISHESAllen/ Thompson/ Chalkley19981-901824-26-8Alphabetic list of all parishes with their adjoining parishes
PIGOT & CO's NATIONAL COMMERCIAL DIRECTORY 183519961-898593-15-9Facsimile editionWorcestershire, Herefordshire, Leicestershire, Monmouthshire, Rutland, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, north and south Wales
WORCETERSHIRE AT WORKRay Jones19940-7509-0703-7Old photographs
THE DEFENCE OF WORCESTERSHIRE AND THE SOUTHERN APPROACHES TO BIRMINGHAM IN WORLD WAR IIMick Wilks9- 781904396802Logaston PressExplanation of the vital role played by Worcestershire in the defence of Britain from invasion.
THE WORCESTERSHIRE VILLAGE BOOKWorcestershire Federation of WIs1988Countryside BooksResearch of Worcestershire villages by WIs
WORCESTERSHIRE VILLAGES, CHURCHES AND PUBSRoy Millar0-9549455-1-4An interesting book showing older arts of the county. Profits to to St Richard's Hospice
WORCESTERSHIREJ L Leatherbarrow19740-7134-2786-8A sympathetic and well-informed guide
WARTIME WORCESTERSHIREJeff Carpenter19951-85858-0587Compulsive reading for those who can remember WW2.
THE UNIFORMS OF THE BRITISH YEOMANRY FORCE 1794-1914: WORCESTERSHIRE YEOMANRYR J Smith19900-9515714-2-7
NOAKE'S GUIDE TO WORCESTERSHIRE 1868A few paragraphs given to each town and village in the county.
A LAD OF EVESHAM VALEFred Archer19740-340-18623-2The native raconteur par excellence connecting the generations with storytelling and bring to robust life a rural world which post-Second World War changes might seem to have buried for ever.
A COUNTRY TWELVEMONTHFred Archer19920-7509-0268-X
THE TIBBLESTONE HUNDREDFred Archer19960-7509-1256-1
CHAPTERS IN NEWENT'S HISTORYNewent Local History Society0-9544648-0-XResearch which covers of 500 years of buildings, transport industries and people with family trees and photographs
ELGAR THE CYCLIST - A CREATIVE ODYSSEYKevin Allen0-620-350318Elgar Shop at www. elgarfoundation.org.ukIn and around Malvern
THE CHATEAU AT IMPNEYBarbara MIddlemas20090-9510463-1-4Short history of the house originally known at Impney Hall in the parish of Dodderhill.
DOWN THE SEVERNFranicis Frith Collection20001-85937-118-3The Severn and nearby towns and villages from mid-Victorian times
FROM FRUIT TREES TO FURNACESBob Pooler20020-94358503Blacksmith
The Paddock
Blacksmith Lane
Lower Moor
Pershore WR10 2PA
The history of the Worcestershire Constabulary from 1839-1967. Malvern and surrounding districts feature.
A HISTORY OF MALVERNBrian Smith1966Leicester University PressProbably the most comprehensive history of Malvern to date. Can be bought second hand.
MALVERN COUNTRYVincent Waite19680-85033-333-4 JM Dent & Son Ltd.
RETURN TO DUTYFran & Martin CollinsThe story of the US army hospitals in Malvern during WW2
WORCESTERSHIRE FAMILY HISTORY GUIDEBOOKVanessa Morgan2011978-0-7524-5969-1The History Press, Stroud GL5 2QGVery readable book about the whole county by a local genealogist.