The John Betjeman Centre is sited in the main building of the old railway station at Wadebridge, Cornwall. The last train left Wadebridge at 17.20 on the 28th January 1967. A total of £300,000 was raised from voluntary contributions in order to refurbish it and extend it’s size. It took six years to complete and was accomplished in 2 phases. Firstly the old building was converted from its derelict state and opened on the 1st of April 1989. In the second phase the additional rooms were added.
When it was officially opened by Viscountess Falmouth on the 29th May 1991, she remarked. How lovely it would be if every town had such a comfortable centre as the John Betjeman Centre.
There is a memorabilia room dedicated to Sir John Betjeman. On display are various personal effects, academic honours and furniture which belonged to Sir John. Families are welcome to visit. Coaches parties must make prior arrangements.
Although we do not have a curator, it is possible to arrange for someone to give a short talk to student groups explaining Sir John’s life as a poet and his association with North Cornwall.
There are many of his books, videos, post cards and mementos on sale.
Opening hours. Monday to Friday inclusive 10am to 4.00pm. Closed weekends and on Bank Holidays.