Redruth was once the mining capital of the world. Surrounded by mines it became the centre of commerce for the Cornish Mining Industry. The once great buildings are still there, all you have to do is walk around and look above street level. The views are spectacular and the architecture is amazing. Good Friday 2012, I spent a great day in the sun wandering around with the cameras around my neck. On this page I have tried to capture the marvels that remain today from the old Fire Station to the Miners Statue at the head of Fore Street. Photography is difficult due to traffic and roads but some of the images are worthy of note.
Erected in 2008 this 2m high bronze statue of a Cornish Miner was created by artist David Annand. Holding a pick and with a string of tallow candles around his neck this is a wonderful piece of art.
A wider view of the same statue.
One of the side streets in Redruth, the old two up two down cottages are typical of miners dwellings, in the background rising proudly is the stack of Penandrea Mine which dominates the townscape.
A second image of the same street looking towards the chimney.
Caught by chance in Redruth this dog looks very comfortable.
Built in 1824 the stack of Penandrea Mine which stands proudly above the town.
Up on the hill behind Penandrea Mine I found the remains of an old tramway, the granite setts can be seen clearly.
The old Reduth Fire Station built in 1913 it’s now a Grade 2 Listed Building.
A wider view of the Fire Station showing the ornate tower.
This small building caught my eye, on the left of the image down the hill are the old Peevor Mine Offices.
Opposite the station in Redruth are these ornate buildings, the one on the left is dated 1891, mining stocks and shares would have been traded here.
The Mining Exchange building dates from 1880, the building to the right was the old Post Office and the Bain and Field’s Bank.
A closer image of the Mining Exchange showing the ornate frontage.
More lines and patterns that caught my eye as I walked past.
The impressive granite columns at the entrance to the London Inn.
The front of the London Inn.
The old coaching inn, The King’s Arms now houses a Building Society.
A narrow alley looking towards Fore Street.
A good image of the house that belonged to William Murdoch, he worked with the engineers Boulton and Watt in 1779. The house is notable for being the first building in the world to be lit by gas lighting in 1792.
The entrance to the Druid’s Hall, built in 1859 it housed a library and large a assembly room upstairs, it was destroyed by fire in the 1980’s.
Ornate windows belonging the Druid’s Hall.
An impressive building in Fore Street.
My favorite image of the day, works well in black and white.
A good time was had trooping between Redruth and Camborne, but I was very happy to call it a day and head back for a pint and put down the camera bag.
For more information about Redruth follow the link: www.redrutholdcornwall.org