Great Malvern (Wyvern in Surprised by Joy) is where C. S. Lewis spent a number of his school days as a boy. He began at Cherbourg Preparatory School (pictured above) and it was here that he lost his Christian faith and became an atheist, sometime between the age of 13 and 15.
From Cherbourg, Lewis won a scholarship to attend Malvern College (in the same town).
Lewis' rooms were in School House. Though the school is one of the best in England and quite beautiful, Lewis was unhappy here. Largely this was the case because the focus at the time was on sports and Lewis was never good at games.
One place Lewis did enjoy was the Gurney, the college library, where he drunk deep from the well of many ancient mythologies.
The other great blessing of Malvern to Lewis was his classics teacher, H. W. Smith. "Smewgy" passed on to Lewis a love of poetry and reading poetry aloud.
The Lewis brothers often visited Malvern in later life. They would usually stay with Leonard and Maureen Moore Blake or with George Sayer. They enjoyed dinner at the Foley Arms (above) and the Unicorn Pub (below).
Perhaps C. S. Lewis' greatest Malvernian joy was hiking the Malvern Hills to places like the British Camp.
View from the British Camp