Imperial Hotel ( now Malvern St James Girls' School), Great Malvern c1862
11.06.1862 Imperial Hotel, Great Malvern
The architect is Mr. E. W. Elmslie, a gentleman of high and deserved reputation in his profession. Mr. Thomas Perkins, builder, of Malvern, is the contractor... The whole of the carving in the several principal rooms has been done by Mr. Forsyth, of Worcester, with great taste [Worcestershire Chronicle].
The two most prominent features, besides those already mentioned are the tower, about which there is some clever carving, the work of Mr Forsyth, of Worcester, and a beautiful oriel window over the chief entrance [Malvern Advertiser]
The work by William at the Imperial Hotel was completed in the same time as he was working on the bridge over the railway and the 'worm hole' between the station and the hotel, all for E.W.Elmslie
The tower mentioned in the above articles was demolished in the 1920's, and all the internal carvings have sadly been removed over the years
I am indebted to Mrs Katie Powell from Malvern St James Girls’ School who was very kind in helping me obtain access and permissions from the School to take the photographs below, and gave up her own time in the pouring rain to help. She has also provided 4 archive pictures which are used with the permission of the Malvern St James Archive.