Colwall nestles on the lower Western slopes of the Malvern Hills and is equidistant (about 4 miles) from both Malvern and Ledbury. The name originally meant the place with the cool well, and the numerous wells in the area are world famous.
The church is some distance from the main village, but at the time that it was built there would have been scarce households, and possibly most of them were in the vicinity of the church. In the 1860s the railway arrived (Colwall still has a station today, and although it is tiny with a very short platform, the main Hereford to Paddington train stops here several times a day) and houses began to spring up around the station. Evendine is a small hamlet within the boundaries of Colwall, and boasts extensive limestone quarries – genealogists may find their ancestors working in these quarries, although there was of course extensive farming in the area. Herefordshire is after all a rather large field with a few towns and villages scattered around!
Churches of Colwall
- St. James the Great Church - Colwall
The interior of this church is stunning, especially the wood ceiling.Read More >
People of Colwall
- Mrs. Scott-Bowden
In 1926 Mrs Scott-Bowden who owned the Colwall Park Hotel, Colwall, at the time, organised a women’s cricket festival, which was the foundation of the National Women’s Cricket Association.Read More >
Buildings of Colwall
- Hope End House
The current Hope End House (now a hotel) is in a glorious setting on the hillside above Ledbury.Read More >
News from the Past of Colwall
- Colwall - News from the Past
Death of youth at Colwall
1842 – Unfortunate Death at Colwall
George Freeman, a sixteen year old lad was out with a friend, when they came across a large butt of a tree which had been sawn off and was left lying on a steep bank.
George decided to roll the butt down the bank and managed to get it started, but in doing so his “frock” caught onto the butt and he was drawn over it and rolled down the bank.
The butt crushed George as it rolled over him and he was killed.Read More >