On the Elgar trail
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