Redruth Brewery

I was told the Redruth Brewery site was open in August 2013 so I took the opportunity for a quick look see with Tracy and a bag of cameras.

The site had been used as a brewery as far back as 1742, and operated until 2004 when the company went into liquidation, the brewery was then closed in March of the same year. Since then the area was heavily vandalised and had several major fires.
In July 2014 work started on the site to facilitate a £1.7million regeneration project which is scheduled to be completed during 2015. The aim of the project is to turn the derelict site into an area of public spaces, workshops and houses. It will also be the home of a Cornish Archive Centre which will be called Kresen Kernow. Whilst many of the building will require demolishing the long term aim is to preserve and restore as much of the historical site as possible.

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The main chimney for the complex.

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The site had been used for general dumping and was in a poor state of repair.

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Looking towards the chimney from the other side across the rubble strewn yard.

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Hidden away in the undergrowth was this interesting valve arrangement, makes a nice photograph.

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Always on the lookout for patterns and textures this smashed window caught my eye.

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One of the interior walls of the worst of the gutted buildings.

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In its heyday the brewery much have been an amazing place to visit.

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This section of the brewery was destroyed by fire, since its closure there were major fires there in 2007, 2010 and 2011.

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So much history destroyed, the site was incredibly dangerous and we did not approach the badly damaged buildings.

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The stonework was impressive with a high quality of workmanship.

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One of the older buildings near the base of the complex’s chimney.

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This room was my favorite, it looked more like something that belonged at Cape Canaveral for the launching of rockets rather than a brewery.

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The same room from the other side, I would love to know what this room was used for.

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The top of brewery chimney visible through the hole in the roof.

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One of the huge warehouses on the site, when working this would have been full of alcoholic goodies.

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The building were all quiet and dilapidated, there was an eerie atmosphere and the sense of being watched, Tracy did not like it, frankly neither did I.

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The roof in this building had suffered badly and we did not risk going any further.

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The boarded up ornate gates that lead into the main brewery yard.

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