On the El­gar trail

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Five points of in­ter­est

El­gar statue, Worces­ter

In the cen­tre of Worces­ter, four miles from The Firs, a statue of El­gar looks fondly to­wards the Cathe­dral, the great man’s head oc­ca­sion­ally find­ing it­self adorned with a road cone. Post­code: WR1 2LA

Craeg Lea, Malvern

Head west to spot the house to which El­gar and fam­ily moved in 1899, partly in­spired by the views. In the cen­tre of town is another statue of him. Post­code: WR14 4PA

El­gar statue, Here­ford

Carry on west to Here­ford for a third statue, again ad­mir­ing the Cathe­dral (above). In this in­stance, he is lean­ing back on his beloved bi­cy­cle.

Post­code: HR1 2NB

Dan the bull­dog, Here­ford

Now pop over into Bish­ops Meadow where, next to the River Wye, is the wooden statue of Dan the bull­dog (be­low). Owned by El­gar’s friend Ge­orge Robert­son Sin­clair, Dan was por­trayed splash­ing in the river in the ‘GRS’ vari­a­tion of the Enigma Vari­a­tions.

Post­code: HR2 7RB

Plas Gwyn, Here­ford

A short walk along the Wye is Plas Gwyn, El­gar’s home from 1904-11. To­day it has been con­verted into flats, so you’ll just have to ad­mire it from the out­side.

Post­code: HR1 1T T

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