This year, 2023, marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of John Passmore Edwards in Blackwater, Cornwall. There are a number of events planned all over the county to celebrate the bicentenary; you can see the full list here.
“He did more good in his time than almost any other of his contemporaries”
The Times 24 April 1911
In just 14 years, over 70 major buildings were established as a direct result of bequests from John Passmore Edwards as well as many other gifts and donations to further their good work. Hospitals, libraries, schools, convalescent homes and art galleries were provided, many of which continue to serve the community to which they were given.
In his “English Philanthropy 1660-1960” the social historian David Owen says “Amongst the late Victorian philanthropists, Passmore Edwards will survive critical examination better than most. Not only were his motives beyond reproach … but his benefactions expressed deeply held and intelligent convictions about conditions of progress in his society“.
You can read more about Passmore Edwards and his legacy here.