MALVERN’S Heritage Week was rounded off with a plaque unveiling commemorating one of the town’s landmarks.

The plaque at Mother House of the Convent of the Holy Name was unveiled on September 19 by Civic Society president Andrew Huntley.

This was done to commemorate and celebrate the convent, which opened in 1887 with its community moving to Derby in 1990.

Designed by local historian Brian Iles, the plaque was installed at the former site, which has been turned into new houses by Broadway Heritage.

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The development, called ‘Gospel Place’ and the development of fourteen new houses is a visual improvement to Malvern Link, though the remaining convent buildings continue to be vacant and falling into disrepair.

The future for these buildings remains in doubt. A planning application has been refused and an appeal against this decision has failed.

A Civic Society spokesman said they would like to see these buildings renovated together with the restoration of the grade-2 listed chapel.

Michael Hodges, managing director of Broadway Heritage, said the plan was to “celebrate the past while building the future.”

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He said: “We feel that our new development is truly in line with the Civic Society’s aim of encouraging high standards of planning and design for the enhancement of Great Malvern.

“The mix of spacious properties available in the new development, including homes for young professionals and apartments for those wishing to downsize will complement the fabric of the historic town for many years to come.

“Malvern is arguably one of the most outstanding locations in England surrounded by captivating landscapes with picturesque thriving towns and vibrant villages all offering a huge variety of activities and events.”