In 1844, John Somers Cocks, the second Earl Somers, commissioned Sir George Gilbert Scott to design a large new church to serve this growing settlement on the northern foothills of the Malverns. It was carried out in the Middle Pointed style with lancets and tracery in Malvern granite, with clerestory windows alternating between two and three lights. Lord Somers laid the foundation stone on 4 March 1844 and it was consecrated on 13 January 1846. Scott seems to have worked in conjunction with Harvey Eginton of Worcester, possibly acting more as consultant to the local architect.
Scott added the tower and south aisle on in 1858-60, which were altered again later in the century. Scott also designed the associated vicarage, noted in his sketchbook 53 (1846-7), which has since disappeared.
Pevsner, N., Worcestershire, Buildings of England (Penguin Books, Harmondsworth, 1968), p. 167.
St Matthias’s Church, Malvern Link – a visitor guide (n.d.).
Fisher, G., Stamp, G. and Heseltine, J., (eds),The Scott Family, Catalogue of the Drawings Collection of the Royal Institute of British Architects (Avebury Publishing, Amersham, 1981), 84 [c].