Cobden Club & Workingmen’s Institute, Kensal Road, London NW

In a letter to Mary Ward, written in 1895, Passmore Edwards commented that “several years ago” he had advanced a mortgage of nearly £4000 to the Cobden Clubs Institute in NW London .. “but I am sorry to say that it is largely kept on its feet by the drinking habits fostered. This rubs against my grain painfully…”
He was probably referring to the Cobden Club and Workingmen’s Institute, which was opened at 170 & 172 Kensal Road in 1880. It remained in existence as a social club with as many as 400 members in 1983. However, more recently reopened as a “private gentlemen’s club” it would have found even less favour with Edwards.

Miscellaneous Gifts and Donations (and a few that got away)

Well before Edwards commenced his period of “relentless giving” he was already giving large numbers of books to communities and his name appeared on many subscription lists following natural disasters and major accidents . These are just a few of his many other gifts and donations together with some of the offers that failed to reach completion


Oxford University Scholarship

Endowment for historical teaching at University hall, Clare Market (The LSE)

A Perpetual Pension for the Printers Pension Society

Ceremonial Staff, Truro Cathedral

Cobden Club & Institute

Albert Palace

More than 80,000 books

The English Mechanic, a life boat for Broughty Ferry

Endowment for free lecturers at london Public Libraries

A pension for the Actors Benevolent Society

A Pension for the Oddfellows

School for Disabled Children

Egyptian Mummy- Tahemaa

The Passmore Edwards Ocean Library