The Passmore Edwards Centre (our town library) is a Grade II Listed building in the centre of Newton Abbot, built in 1904. It’s founder, John Passmore Edwards was a  journalist as well as a feted philanthropist. Originally, he wanted to build a hospital for Newton Abbot, but when he found out that the town already had a hospital, he offered a library instead. Newton Abbot was important to him as his mother was born in Wolborough Street. He was a great believer in public libraries: funding many more in Cornwall as well as poor areas of London.

You can see the Passmore Edwards Centre at the back of this photo

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