Redruth Trail 1 - The Town Trail

Discover the stories locked up in the impressive architecture throughout the trail covering an impressive array of heritage buildings. The trail is mainly walked on pavements, and does have a number of steep hills.  To the north of the town centre, you will see the new archive centre for Cornwall, Kresen Kernow on the former site of the Redruth Brewery Company.

Continue on the trail to Redruth’s oldest church St Euny. Christian worship probably began here in about 600 AD. The trail then turns back on itself leading you back to Redruth where you can stop for lunch in one of the pubs, numerous cafes, or purchase a traditional pasty from the local bakeries.

Address: Symons Terrace, Redruth TR15 1AA

Lat: N 50° 23′ 40.86″
Long: W -5° 22′ 92.17″

OS Grid Ref: SW 69809 42112

Distance: 3 miles

Terrain: Easy

Facilities available for this trail

Parking – parking in the car park.

Picnic areas – picnic in the Fair Field in Coach Lane.

Eating and shopping – a number of cafes and shops through the town.

Public houses – Miner’s Arms in Plain an Gwarry and Rose Cottage in Chapel St Redruth.

Accessibility

Family and children friendly – the route is very family friendly.

Cycle Trail – more of a trail for walking than cycling.

Horse Riding Trail – trail is not suitable.

Walking Trail – an easy trail to walk.

Disability access – suitable for small scooters.

2017-07-24

Redruth Trail 1

  • Author: trailZZzone
  • Created: 24th July 2017
Route type: Cycling/Walking Trail
Difficulty grade: Easy
Disabled Friendly: Small Scooters

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  • Distance 3 miles
  • Time 1 h 7 min
  • Speed 2 mph
  • Min altitude 295 ft
  • Peak 440 ft
  • Climb 299 ft
  • Descent 295 ft
  • Distance Instructions
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Points of Interest

Trounson’s Store

On the corner with Alma Place was Samuel & Tom Trouson’s migh class grocery store. Built for £2000 it’s ornate stone and brickwork is topped with carved pinnacles.

Location: SW 69931 42049

 

 

The Old Coach House

Originally a coaching inn called the London Inn, rebuilt in 1837. Not the sturdy granite columns at the front door and the arched entrance to a stable yard.

Location: SW 69977 42081

The town clock

Before 1841 you could have been locked up in the Police cells here and in 1904 the tower was raised by a whole storey. It is said that this was done so that miners living at the top of town could see the time.

Location: SW 69916 42035

Mining Exchange

The proximity to the railway station attracted many dealers to this part of town. To the left is the Purser of Wheal Peevor’s office and to the right the former Bain & Field’s Bank.

Location: SW 69970 41938

 

 

St Andrew’s Church

Designed by Hicks and JP Seddon built in the Gothic style from local stone. James Hicks lived in the highly decorated house next door.

Location: SW 70057 41834

The Old Fire Station

Built 1913 replacing a Bethseda Chapel the tower was used to drain the hoses.

Location: SW 69854 41832

 

 

Old Town Hall and Court House

Just before the viaduct the Old Town Hall and Court House, erected under the Small Debts Court Act by Robert Blee.

Location: SW 69834 41861

Railway Viaduct

Built from Carn Marth, Carn Brea and Devon granite, its massive arches are 70 feet high. It replaced Brunel’s wooden viaduct of 1852.

Location: SW 69842 41836

 

 

Trewirgie House

Home of the founder of the London Missionary Society, Thomas Haweis (1734-1820).

Location: SW 69724 41601

 

 

Parish Church of St Euny

Under the 1810 lynch gate is a tragically long coffin rest, needed during outbreaks of cholera and mining accidents. The place has been a Christian site since the 6th-7th century.

Location: SW 69126 41231

 

 

The Parish Workhouse

The three story building was the old 18th century workhouse.

Location: SW 69485 41896

The Chapel of Ease

The Anglican Chapel of Ease completed 1828 was designed by Charles Hutchens along with the churches of St Day and Chasewater.

Location: SW 69735 42000

 

 

Chylowen and James Watt

No 12 is Chylowen the house where James Watt (1736-1819) of Boulton and Watt engineers stayed when consulting with William Murdoch, their agent, on the erection of mine pumping engines in the 1870s.

Location: SW 69651 42459

 

Plain-an-gwarry

The Elms (1990-today) designed by Sampson Hill for Mr Tom Trounson. The area was possibly the site of the ancient Plain-an-gwarry – place of the play – or amphitheatre where miracle plays would be performed in the Cornish language up until the 17th century.

Location: SW 69777 42514

 

Info Sheets

There are some info sheets that go over the Town Trail in more detail. Download them below:

Sheet 1,    Sheet 2,    Sheet 3