1892 an estimate was obtained to restore the existing St Day Sunday
School Room and a Restoration Committee was formed to raise the
£250 needed. The Rev J J Murley, vicar of St Day, wrote to
Passmore Edwards to ask for assistance with the fund and to his
surprise and gratification, Passmore Edwards immediately responded
to say that he would pay for the erection of a new building in memory
of his late Uncle, John Edwards, native of St Day.
John Symons was instructed by Edwards to prepare the plans and on
8 December 1892 two foundation stones were laid, one by Mr Michael
Williams and the other by E D Anderson on behalf of the Freemasons.
the opening ceremony, on 4 May 1893, Passmore Edwards said the new
building was dedicated to the memory of his late uncle, who was first
a Sunday School teacher and then superintendent of the Blackwater
Sunday School, and afterwards for more than half a century a teacher
and superintendent of Sunday schools in St Day going to the church
in the morning and to the Wesleyan Chapel in the evening. He said
that Village schools, like those at Blackwater and St Day, though
comparatively unimportant individually, were by virtue of their number
a significant factor in our educational system; and it was cheering
to see the interest they evoked in that somewhat deserted part of
Cornwall. After a service in the church the party processed to the
school room where Passmore Edwards was given the key with which to
open the new building. A short service of dedication followed.
front of the building was of local quarried stone with granite dressings
and with gothic style windows, lead lights and cathedral glass. Directly
inside the entrance there was a lobby with side doors opening into
the main room which is was 48' by 30'. At the extreme end a platform
was erected so that the room could be used for entertainments. The
interior fittings were of varnished red pine. The old school room,
which was adjacent was also almost entirely rebuilt by Symons and
Sons in keeping with the new room. A brass plate was fixed to the
wall to commemorate the opening ceremony.