John Passmore Edwards in Redruth

24 Mar
Today is the bicentennial of the birth of John Passmore Edwards who was born near Redruth in Blackwater, in 1823, He was a chartist and philanthropist, and  a life-long champion of the working classes and is remembered as a generous benefactor.
Over the relatively short space of 14 years, 70 major buildings were established in Cornwall, London and other places in the UK, for the benefit of local communities.  One of these is the old Redruth Library building on Clinton Road – now re-opened as The Ladder and today we joined a wonderful celebration, the Human Book Chain!

The library is now  nearer to the town and about 100 people including children from two local schools formed a chain between the two buildings and passed books along. Everyone looked at the titles as the books were passed from hand to hand.

Part of the human chain passing books along, photo taken by Ladder photographer

Puppet Passmore Edwards on his way back to The Ladder
The following poem and film were shown at The Ladder  and are a wonderful tribute to a remarkable man. Your Space and Mine – A Passmore Edwards Poem by Ben Rowswell.


2 responses to “John Passmore Edwards in Redruth

  1. nrhatch

    March 25, 2023 at 1:22 pm

    Don’t you have boxes over there, Sally? 😀

    Here’s the way we move books on this side of the pond:

    We take them off shelves and put them in boxes
    We move the boxes in a book mobile.
    Then we take them out of the boxes and put them on shelves.

    Haha! Hope all enjoyed the celebratory and symbolic human book chain.

    • mybeautfulthings

      March 26, 2023 at 8:12 pm

      It was brilliant! Everyone was having such fun, reading the titles and saying, Ooh, I must go and check this one out. I said that myself several times and now can’t remember which ones they were. Still, I can go to the library and ask! Loved your tongue-in-cheek comment! 🙂


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