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The life and good works of John Passmore Edwards | A talk from Morrab Library Trustee, Paul Phillips

06/12/2023 @ 14:00 - 15:00

We’re delighted that our next talk at the library will be given by Paul Phillips, one of the Trustees at Morrab Library. On Wednesday 6th December at 2pm in the Reading Room, Paul will be talking about the life of the remarkable John Passmore Edwards.

Passmore Edwards was born at Blackwater, near Redruth in 1823, the son of a carpenter. Through his good works which were not without many a setback over the years, he became Cornwall’s most generous philanthropist, donating a mixture of schools, hospitals, convalescent homes, reading rooms, galleries and more. Passmore Edwards met with adversity throughout his lifetime of giving to the Nation, from Newlyn to Clacton out on the East coast.

Paul Phillips was born in Leedstown in 1937, from there he attended Helston Grammar school, travelling on the Helston Branch line. Paul joined the Metropolitan Police Cadet Force which led to him joining the Adult Police Force. He returned to his native Cornwall in 1967 on the day that the Torrey Canyon hit the rocks off Lands End. Since those early days Paul’s journey has taken many turns and diversions including being Barded for his exceptional work in preserving and recording Cornwall’s rich dialect in 2019.

Tickets are allocated by a ballot system. Please email enquiries@morrablibrary.org.uk or call 01736 364474 to be entered into the ballot for a ticket. The ballot closes on Monday 27th November. Entry to this event is free but donations are welcomed to help support Morrab Library (suggested £5). Refreshments will be provided after the talk.


14:00 - 15:00


Morrab Library


Morrab Library