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Passmore Edwards Plaque at Blackwater

Passmore Edwards Plaque at Blackwater

Blackwater is a small village standing on what used to be the main A30 trunk road. The bypass has returned Blackwater to a more peaceable existence.

John Passmore Edwards was born here in 1823. A lawyer's clerk by profession, he turned to journalism and after moving to London established and ran several weekly newspapers before going on to become an M.P. Passmore Edwards was a great campaigner for causes such as International Peace, Early Closing and Anti-gambling. Having made his fortune in London, John chose to spend his money on philanthropic causes in his home of Cornwall, where he was responsible for establishing seventy free libraries, hospitals, reading rooms, institutes, technical schools and art galleries for working people. He died in 1911, having refused an offer of a knighthood.

There are a number of barrows dating from the Bronze Age in the vicinity of the village. Two Burrows stand adjacent to the road leading from Chiverton Cross to Mount Hawke and Three Burrows can be seen in a field adjacent to the south side of the A30 just east of the Chiverton Cross roundabout. An ancient cross has also been reported in use as a boundary stone in the area of the Three Burrows.

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Located in the Carrick district of Cornwall within easy reach of the north coast beaches of Porthtowan and St Agnes.

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G.P.S. N 50 16.265' W 005 10.716'

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