When Wadebridge Steamed Ahead!

When Wadebridge Steamed Ahead!
Wadebridge and District Museum

By: Nicola Wills
Added: 12 May 2017

Did you know that Wadebridge had a railway service ahead of London? In 1834, there were only a handful of railway companies in the whole of the world and The Bodmin and Wadebridge Railway was one of them.

Wadebridge and District Museum, with help from a number of other local individuals and organisations, are celebrating our early pioneers and are inviting everyone to the event at the Town Hall on Saturday 17th June 2017 from 10 am to 4 pm. Wadebridge Camera Club are coming on board with a display of “then and now” photographs of the railway. Allan Caswell, local artist, will be running a railway-themed children’s art workshop from 11.30 am to 2 pm. Friends of Pencarrow will be providing a display about Sir William Molesworth, who was the driving force behind the Wadebridge-Bodmin line, while the Museum will produce a display of the railway history. There will also be John Greenwood's splendid model of the railway in Wadebridge. In addition, there will be live entertainment: storytelling at 2 pm with Cornish Bard Mo Keast and at 11 am and 3 pm a short drama entitled “Sir William’s Bright Idea”, an original script telling the story of the formation of the company in a light-hearted way and highlighting many social changes over 183 years. This will be acted by local volunteers, so come along and see if you can spot who they are.

The event is sponsored by the Bright Sparks initiative of the Cornwall Museums Partnership and FEAST/Creative Kernow and also the St Breock Wind Farm Community Fund. Admission is free with Cornish hospitality available. Why not make this a date to catch up with your friends?