Also See

  • Sources of pictures (photographs, drawings, art) with a Malvern flavour on Creative page.
  • Outdoor Links for Maps.
  • Cycling or Walking pages for relevant route guide books.
  • Malvern Hills for geology trailsand (under Springs) for titles by local historian Cora Weaver.

Note: the availability of these titles hasn’t been checked for quite a while.

Specific Books

Do let us know of any of interest which ought to be featured here.

A Pictorial Guide to The Malvern Hills by Carl Flint, self-published as Malvern Walks, August 2010 – see review on Walking page.

The Malvern Hills, a photographic collection by Mike Smart, published by Frances Lincoln Publishers, March 2009.

Ledbury: A Market Town and Its Tudor Heritage by Sylvia Pinches, Phillimore & Co, June 2009.

Various Guide Books

Anglo-Saxon Herefordshire Raymond Perry (November 2002); Oxengard Press, ISBN 0-9543287-0-1.

Cotswolds, Malverns and Forest of Dean Map and Guidebook in One Goldeneye Guides ISBN 1859651453.

A literary trail around the Malverns (April 2003). Produced by Malvern Hills AONB, available from local bookshops, TICs. Designed for motor vehicle, but quite possible to cycle it.

Worcestershire, a guide to the county’s places of interest and attractions, including a history of Royal Worcester porcelain. Shire Books (now part of Bloomsbury), £5.99 ISBN 0 7478 0311 0.

Haunted Pubs and Hotels of Worcester and Its Borders Hunt End Books, ISBN 095194813X.

More Curiousities of Worcestershire Ann Moore – self-published via EyeLevel Books, ISBN 1902528 11 5.

Herefordshire and Worcestershire’s Lost Railways Stenlake Publishing. July 2004. ISBN 1840333138.

Buildings of England – Worcestershire Nikolaus Pevsner. 


Malvern Book Coop 2 St Anns Road, Malvern, WR14 4RG, phone 01684 564788. They endeavour to stock as wide a range of titles about the local area and by local authors as possible. Also open for drinks and cakes.

Chapel Books in Chepstow has pages on Worcestershire and Herefordshire – secondhand/old books for the genealogist and local historian.

Castle Hill Books (mainly old books) keeps a range of new Herefordshire books in stock including Mid Border Books titles on Kington. 12 Church Street, Kington, Herefordshire, HR5 3AZ, email:

Publishers of local titles

Beacon Hill House (the publishing arm of the defunct Beacon Books shop) published The Malvern Hills and Westward, a photo essay, Sept 02. May not be many new copies about. £18-95 for hardback, £12-95 paperback (ISBN 0 95429690 0 4).

Bromyard & District Local History Society The sort of topics you’d expect: hop picking, churches, round and about.

Cappella Archive, based in Great Malvern, produce ‘Books on Demand’, short-run publications, and reproductions of old titles. But website dead at autumn 2020, so may have gone. Titles include:

Malvern Chase by W.S.Symonds. The Wars of the Roses and Battle of Tewkesbury. First published 1880, ISBN 0-9525308-8-0.

Hanley Castle by W.S.Symonds. The English Civil War and Battle of Worcester. First published 1883, ISBN 0-9525308-9-9.

Of Apples and Serpents, Mike Knight. A Herefordshire Cider Saga. Published May 1998, ISBN 0-9525308-6-4

All Things Concidered: Sketches from a Worcestershire Cider House. ISBN 0-9525308-1-3

Aspect Design is another local producer of short-run publications. Titles include Donkeys Years on the Malvern Hills and Malvern: Hill of Fountains, both by Rose Garrard, and others from/about villages around Worcestershire.

Countryside Books Walking guides (long distance, pub based, official and more), plus Cycle Rides, The Herefordshire Village Book (based on WI notes), and others. Lost Railways in Herefordshire and Worcestershire (Nov. 2002) by Leslie Oppitz.

Countryside Matters is based near Tewkesbury, and publish walking guides for the Three Counties.

Folly Publications County books on castles and churches, by Mike Salter. Titles include The Old Parish Churches of Worcestershire. Folly Cottage, 151 West Malvern Road, Malvern, Worcs, WR14 4AY.

Logaston Press History, social history, archaeology and walking guides to central and southern Wales and rural West Midlands. Titles include Ledbury: A Medieval Borough, A Ross Anthology, Dore Abbey, Churches of Herefordshire, Herefordshire Folklore (autumn 2002: ISBN 187382758X, £12-95). Little Logaston, Woonton, Almeley, Herefordshire, HR3 6QH. Email:

Reardon Publishing A few cycling titles, plus walking, local history and guides for the Cotswolds and its fringes.

Sutton Publishing carries books by Fred Archer, a Gloucestershire/Bredon Hill farmer whose titles include A Hill Called Bredon and A Lad of Evesham Vale. HayDays, the final book written just before he died in 1999, recreates the hard times and the joys of the year 1924. Sutton Publishing, Phoenix Mill, Thrupp, Stroud, Glos, GL5 2BU. Email: