Visit to Perrycroft at Colwall in Worcestershire

Applications are now invited for our visit to Perrycroft at Colwall, near Great Malvern in Worcestershire, on Saturday 11th May 2024.

Perrycroft

Designed by Voysey in 1893 for Midlands industrialist John William Wilson MP, Perrycroft was completed in 1895. The house and garden in its hillside setting encapsulate the romantic ideals of late Victorian and Edwardian country life. It is listed Grade II*.

Perrycroft

Wilson served for 27 years as a member of Parliament, initially as a Liberal Unionist and then as a Liberal. He worked for the chemical manufacturers Albright and Wilson, and also served as a director of the Great Western Railway and of Bryant and May. He was one of the early enthusiasts for the magnificent splendour of the Malvern Hills, and in 1893 he bought a stretch of land on the western slopes, commissioning Voysey to design a small country house with lodge, stables and coach house in this remote and then rather inaccessible place.

Perrycroft was the first major commission for Voysey, and one which helped him to develop his style as an architect and establish his reputation.

We are visiting by courtesy of the owners of the house, our members Gillian and Mark Archer, who also kindly provided the text and the photograph above.

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Programme

The day will start with registration and refreshments from 2pm onwards. All other times following the start are approximate.

We shall convene in the courtyard alongside The Old Stables, just past The Lodge on the right of the entrance drive.

There will be a guided tour of the house led by Mark, and Gillian will be on hand to talk informally about the garden. Depending on numbers and the weather, we may split the group into two so that the two tours can occur simultaneously.

  • 14.30 : Introduction and welcome
  • 14.45-15.45 : Guided tours of the house
  • 15.45-16.45 : Time to explore the grounds
  • 16.45 : Tea, farewell and disperse

Please note our photography guidelines. We shall assume that attendees consent to their own inclusion in photographs taken on the day unless they advise the group leader otherwise.

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Charges

A charge of £28 per head will be made to members. Space permitting, we are happy to accept non-members at this event, for whom the charge will be £30 per head.

Tea, coffee and biscuits are included in the price. Guidebooks will be available for purchase on the day, for cash only.

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Directions

The full address of Perrycroft is Jubilee Drive, Colwall, Worcestershire. The postcode is WR13 6DN.

From the A449 at Great Malvern take the B4218 on the right signed to Colwall. Continue to the top of the hill past the Wyche cutting, and turn left on to the B4232, Jubilee Drive. Perrycroft is on the right after one mile.

Google map

There is free parking at Perrycroft for a number of cars. We shall try to give preference to those with mobility difficulties. Otherwise please park in Gardiner’s Quarry pay and display car park (£5.25 per day at the time of writing), on Jubilee Drive about 200 yards north of the house.

There are nearby railway stations at Great Malvern and Malvern Link, and also at Colwall, "the least used station in Herefordshire". From the latter there is a path through fields and woods leading to the gate at the bottom of Perrycroft's garden. The walk should take about 20-30 minutes, but a map is advised.

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Accommodation

There are a number of self-catering cottages on the Perrycroft estate which may be rented, subject to availability. More information.

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How to apply

This event is now fully booked, but we are maintaining a reserve list in case of cancellations. If you wish to be added to the reserve list, please complete our online application form.

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Perrycroft

An early photograph showing newly-built Perrycroft surrounded by open fields (©RIBA). There are more photographs and drawings in the Theuerkauf archive)

J.W. Wilson

John W. Wilson

Some other things to see nearby

  • Malvern Wells war memorial, Wells Road. Designed by Voysey, 1919. 3 miles away.
     
  • Malvern Museum of Local History. Housed in the town's ancient monastic gatehouse, the museum reveals tales of life on the exposed prehistoric hill forts, the medieval forest and monastery, the local Water Cure, Malvern motor cars and the secret work of radar scientists. 3 miles away.
     
  • Leigh Court Barn (English Heritage). An outstanding example of English medieval carpentry, and the largest cruck-framed structure in Britain. Built for Pershore Abbey in about 1325, it is over 42 metres long with 18 cruck blades, each made from a single oak tree. 9 miles away.
     
  • The Firs (National Trust). The birthplace of Sir Edward Elgar, an early 19th century cottage with garden and tearoom. 11 miles away.

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Page last amended 26th February 2024