John Betjeman Centre

John Betjeman Centre

The John Betjeman Centre is sited in the main building of the old railway station at Wadebridge.

Betjeman spent the last years of his life in Trebetherick and died there in 1984; his grave is at St Enodoc Church. After his death, a group of local friends and enthusiasts launched an appeal to restore the derelict station building as a memorial to him. There is a memorabilia room dedicated to Sir John, displaying a variety of his personal effects, academic honours and furniture.

The Poet Laureate had a lifelong love of North Cornwall ever since his first holiday in Trebetherick as a young boy.

On Wadebridge station what a breath of sea
Scented the Camel valley Cornish air,
Soft Cornish rains, and silence after steam
As out of Derry's stable came the brake
To drag us up those long familiar hills,
Past haunted woods and oil lit farms and on
To far Trebetherick by the sounding sea.

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