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New research on Cornish architecture
Papers from the 2015 Cornish Buildings Group conference
‘Only a Cornishman would have the endurance to carve intractable granite’
Edited by Paul Holden
Normal price £20.00
ISBN 978 0 9957473 2 6
Paperback 168 pages
In 1950 Nikolaus Pevsner opened his Buildings of England Series guide to Cornwall with the words ‘Cornwall possesses little of the highest aesthetic quality though much that is lovable and much that is moving’. Sixty-four years later Pevsner’s iconic work was updated and revised.
To celebrate this achievement the Cornish Buildings group, in conjunction with the Yale University Press, Cornwall Heritage Trust and the National Trust, held a two-day conference that championed the Cornish built environment, thereby proving that Cornwall has a rich and varied architectural heritage and examples of some of the most important building types in the country.
This book draws on the papers delivered at the conference. Each chapter has been written by a recognised expert in their field, taken together this collection of essays constitute the most important contribution to Cornish architectural history for several generations.
Funding the ladder: The Passmore Edwards legacy
by Dean Evans
Normal price £20.00
Paperback 268 pages with over 120 black & white and colour illustrations
ISBN 978 1 903427 66 8
John Passmore Edwards was born in Blackwater, Cornwall, in 1823 and went on to make a fortune from publishing popular technical magazines like the English Mechanic and Building News. He used his fortune to establish hospitals, convalescent homes, institutes, art galleries and museums, as well as libraries in London and Cornwall. Edwards was also involved in campaigns against slavery, and was a notable opponent of the Boer war. He was a supporter of the Chartist and Temperance movements, and a lifelong advocate of parliamentary reform. He was briefly a member of parliament for Salisbury, where he opposed the interventionist policies of the British government in Egypt. Passmore Edwards believed that by ‘funding the ladder’ through bequests and philanthropy the poor might be encouraged to ‘climb’; his legacy is the extraordinary number of buildings, many bearing his name, that support this passionate belief.
Dean Evans worked in local government and for the Environment Agency. He became involved in the restoration of the Blackwater Institute, one of Passmore Edwards’ earliest bequests, and developed a project to celebrate the centenary of Edwards’ death. He has written numerous articles on Passmore Edwards and addressed history groups in Cornwall and London. He lives in Cornwall.