Visit Redruth

Let’s go back years and years ago, as early as the 12th century with a village in Cornwall called Redruth began to take shape. Typical of many other Cornish parishes, the village was said to have developed around the ford which is some distance away from the parish church. Another version of Redruth’s history however states that the place got its name from the discolored stream from the iron oxide running along the bottom of Fore Street during the 14th century.

The Cornish term for ford is rhys, and red is ruth, hence Redruth. Another interesting tale is that Redruth got its name after the color of a St. Ruth’s cloak. Those days, the people believed that if they baptized their child with the water from St. Ruth’s Well, the child would never be hanged. Whatever is the true version of the town’s origin we can never be sure but it adds to the enchantment and mystery of this town in Cornwall.

Redruth’s first railway station to Hayle was opened in 1838 and by 1852, the railroad was extended to Penzance and Truro. By the 18th century, Fore Street was Redruth’s main shopping center and it was packed with stalls selling anything imaginable during market days. A huge old clock tower dominates the center of Fore Street. Redruth used to be the largest and richest metal mining area in Britain. A visit to the place could show you the remains of one of the oldest human settlements found in Cornwall. Redruth had established its mining as early as the Middle Ages.

You can also find the Murdoch House, home of inventor William Murdoch in Redruth. The house today is the Global Migration Project and has received a steady stream of tourists from all over the world who come to trace their Cornish ancestors. Visiting Redruth during the summer months will give tourists a chance to see continental markets. You can take a walk through the time and feast your senses on the places carrying historical significance for the people of Redruth. If the relics could talk, what stories they would have to tell.

Redruth also hosts a cinema in the main street, as well as cafes and restaurants in the town. You can take a day off with your family and visit interesting sites like the Gwennap Pit where John Wesley preached his sermons, the Tolgus Tin Stream Works which is an ancient monument representing Cornwall’s old tin industry, and the Carn Brea Leisure Centre. There is a cinema in the main street and several restaurants and cafés in the town where you can go to sample the town’s traditional dishes and delicacies.

What makes Redruth a special town in Cornwall is the legacy of engineering innovations it gave to the world. Tourists will be treated to a huge array of architectural heritage derived from the works of famous men like Watt, Murdoch and Trevithick. Here is your chance to get a glimpse of the lives of miners in the past which contributes to what the town of Redruth is now today. The ideal location of Redruth makes visits to the north and south coasts of Cornwall very accessible.

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