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Epsom and Ewell Waters
Malvern Waters and Malverns Worldwide
The SRF is a non-profit making Fellowship that promotes education, research and scholarship into all aspects of the geography of Spectacular Places And Scenery. The Fellowship provides a forum for the conducting of such research and the dissemination of the results.
As you will see our activities are far ranging, worldwide, and include grottoes, springs and wells and both heritage as well as modern visitor attractions. We disseminate much of our research work through our publishing interests, which include books and papers as well as web publishing.
Our investigations into the diaries of Lady Somerville in the mid-19th century has yielded amazing detail of the life of the aristocracy during the Victorian era.
The grotto.directory uses a sophisticated encyclopaedia database management system to enable grotto sites to be searched on the internet. This is enhanced by the Great British Grotto Grading scheme run by the voluntary group, the Minstrels of Mythology. The directory is the original web search facility for grottoes, is unique and is a world leader.
A number of our resources are of unique value to the industry. We hold the largest known library of mineral waters and related subject books. We also conduct overseas study tours that are featured in the media.
The Malvern Waters web site is a unique database and search engine specifically designed to promote the activities of the Friends of Malvern Springs and Wells and Malverns Worldwide. The Research Fellowship supports the range of activities associated with Malvern Waters, having been participant with research and development of the theme over the last 27 years.
The activities in Great Malvern, England have resulted in an international project to bring the hand of friendship to the 30 Malverns world wide. With the support of leading community figures in the various Malverns, interaction is encouraged throughout the Malverns indentified on the web site accessed by clicking the globe above.
Other projects on the same Malvern Waters web site includes subjects directly related to Malvern waters including the Droitwich Canal restoration,
gold prospecting in the Malvern Hills and elsewhere, Epsom Waters (click left), the Springs and Fountains of the River Wandle (click right) and much more. To view the site click on the Malvern Waters logo above.
Through our Water for Health scheme we seek to promote of the use of natural source waters for therapeutic and recreational purposes.
And for those who wish to embark on our mythology programme, click the oracle right and discover the Astrospa Almanac. Alternatively click on Ancient Mysteries on the menu top left to view a range of papers related to ancient belief systems.
Martello Towers were a product of the early 19th cenury when many were built around our southern and eastern shores in England. Our database summarises these following extensive landscape and archive research.
And for anyone interested in life in Sussex, Kent and Surrey in recent centuries we have a genealogical site called "Destiny". All our lives are moulded by past generations and to understand where you come from and who you are offers amazing insights. Here we look at Steers, Osborn(e)s, Bakers and other selected southern England families. As a result we have explored smuggling, wrecking, Irish immigration and a whole host of other fascinating experiences of the past. Click the ? for the home page.
Pursuing our geography interests, we have carried out various studies on southern England. These include the London to Brighton Railway, Rory's Grotto in Brighton, the origins and development of Brighton as a spa, Royal retreat and tourist resort. We also carried out extensive studies as to the implications of making the South Downs a National Park. To explore these studies click right. See the links at the foot of the Brighton page.
For those who seek something different, our web database for Water Towers illustrates not only the architecture but also the ingenuity in adapting for re-use, water towers that decorate the British landscape.
Our web sites have been devised and are provided by Paul Clevett of nbtafelberg. Since inception they have received many prestigious awards and these are now displayed in our Awards Gallery (click menu top left). The world saw our first data warehouse go live in 2000, after extensive user research and two trial sites had proven the principal. There followed several years of innovation and development, resulting in our initial directories going international. Access to our services is totally free for anyone with internet access. Twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, the Fellowship is making the world a more integrated, intellectually stimulating place.
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To contact the Fellowship:
Spas Research Fellowship,
Surrey. KT20 5QY