Castle unveils new plaque for Bude’s Pamela

Having spent some years researching and writing a book about Pamela Colman Smith, who spent her later years in Bude living both at Upton and what is now the Bencoolen Inn, I was thrilled to be invited to the Castle Heritage Centre to see Pamela take her rightful place in Bude’s history.

There, she features on a new plaque, organised by Heritage Development Officer, Janine King, designed by the Castle Manager, Mark Berridge. As Janine says, they have visitors asking about her, so it seemed right and proper to give her a mention. There are plans to create more of a display with a shelf containing some of her well-loved intuitive tarot cards. The Castle (and Cafe Limelight) is open, and has a one-way system in place making it Covid-safe. Why not pay a visit to check out the heritage of Bude?

Pamela was the artist who created the illustrations for the famous Rider-Waite-Smith tarot deck, which is the world’s best selling deck today. She has a firm following, especially in America.

My book on her especially focuses on her time in Cornwall on the Lizard and her days in Bude, where the late much-loved Tony Edwards was her errand boy. I was fortunate to interview Tony for the book. Pamela died in Bude in 1951 and was buried in St Michael’s churchyard, but her last years still remain something of a mystery.


The book, published by Fonthill Media is available from the publisher, from good local bookshops, and online from the usual outlets.

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