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(June 15–24, 2012)

Andrew Bodrov

"Dorpat" - UNESCO World Heritage Site

Robert Bilsland

Malvern Water Goes Full Circle

The Holywell, Malvern Wells, Worcestershire, England, UK

June 21, 2012, 15:40 UTC (16:40 local time)

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Malvern water has been bottled since the 16th century and was first recorded as being bottled on this site in 1622. It wasn't until 1850 that Schweppes started commercially bottling the water here. It was originally called Malvern soda before being renamed in 1856 to Malvern seltzer water. This continued here until in 1890 when Schweppes built a new bottling works in Colwall on the western side of the Malvern hills (yes Malvern water wasn't bottled in Malvern!).

Over the years the site fell into a state of disrepair until work was started in 2008 to reverse this with plans to restore the well and restrooms and re-instate the bottling works. In 2009 the Holywell Water Company Ltd started bottling again, promoting their water as the water from the original source. Luckily for them, the following year Schweppes announced that they were going to stop bottling Malvern water at their Colwall site. This left them as the sole bottlers of Malvern water.

Even after all these changes the water is still in high demand. Over the years it has been in request by several British monarchs, with Queen Victoria refusing to travel without it and Queen Elizabeth II taking on her travels around the world. Even as recently as the Queens Thames Jubilee River Pageant they were asked to supply water for one of the boats carrying some members of the Royal family.
Holywell Malvern Spring Water, The Original Source
Malvern Water (bottled water) - Wikipedia


Europe / UK-England

Lat: 52° 4' 43.79" N
Long: 3° 21' 11.55" W

Elevation: 787 ft

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Precision is: High. Pinpoints the exact spot.

Taken with a Nikon D300 and a Nikkor 10.5mm f/2.8G fisheye lens. Mounted on a Nodal Ninja 5 panorama head and R-D16 rotator atop a Manfrotto 055XPROB tripod. Shots taken at 6 positions 60° apart, tilted 15° down and another shot taken looking straight up. Raw files then processed in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3.6 before being stitched together using PTGui Pro 9.1.3 and converted using Pano2VR 3.1.4.

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