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Redruth: Then and Now

Welcome to our dedicated page showcasing the captivating journey of Redruth through time, aptly titled “Then and Now.” Prepare to be transported by these historical photographs of the town’s streets, buildings, and shops from decades past with their present-day counterparts.

Enjoy this fascinating visual exploration that reveals the evolution and enduring charm of Redruth across the years.

 

With thanks to photographs and information sourced by Nostalgic Redruth (Facebook), The Cornish Memory and Kresen Kernow, as well as special thanks to Jonathan David Cortis, Redruth, for his contributions.

Redruth Then & Now

 

Fore Street…

Fore Street serves as the bustling central artery coursing through the heart of Redruth, a vibrant hub pulsating with life and commerce. It stands adorned with an array of shops, cafes, and businesses, embodying the spirit and energy of the local community.

From quaint boutiques to modern storefronts, this bustling thoroughfare is the essence of Redruth’s commercial district, drawing in visitors and residents alike with its diverse offerings and undeniable charm. It’s heart-warming to know it was then, as it is now.

 

9, Lower Fore Street, Redruth – Johnson’s Confectionery & Tobacconist shop.
A rather dapper looking Mr Johnson stands proudly in his beautiful shop doorway and the modern shop “Dazzle” is now permanently closed.

1905 photo then: The late, great E.A Bragg, Illogan & Falmouth.
2021 photo now: Jonathan David Cortis, Redruth.
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Fore Street, Redruth
A extremely rare picture of the old West Briton Office, The Cornish Bank, Oliver’s Shoe Stores & The Tabbs Hotel all together.
1895 photo then: Possibly the brilliant S.J Govier, St.Agnes & Chacewater.
2022 photo now: Jonathan David Cortis, Redruth.
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Fore Street, RedruthF W Woolworth Treat Parade.
The large department store Woolworths back in the 1960’s
1960’s photo: Nostalgic Redruth (Facebook)
2022 photo: The Redruth Town Council, Redruth.
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Upper Fore StreetChildren play in the street outside the Red Lion Hotel. Some lovely shop fronts on display too.

1904 Photo then: The late, great Edward Albert Bragg, Illogan & Falmouth.
2021 photo now: Jonathan David Cortis, Redruth.

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Fore Street from West End, RedruthThe growth from Chandler’s Piano Shop (1937), John Knights (1956-58), to Cornwall Barbers Redruth (2023).
1937 & 1956’s photo then : Nostalgic Redruth (Facebook)
2022 photo now: The Redruth Town Council, Redruth.
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Fore Street, Centre – Redruth
A bustling 1960’s scene & the 3rd COVID Lockdown scene in June 2021.
1963 photo: Photographer unknown.
2021 photo: Jonathan David Cortis, Redruth.

Then and Now: Beyond Redruth Centre…

Station Hill, Redruth- Crowds gathered in their thousands to witness the unveiling of the War Memorial. The Memorial was (possibly) relocated to Victoria Park in Redruth around 1969.
1914 Photo: The Cornish Memory
1925 Photo: Possibly, the late John (Jack) Trounson, Redruth.
2022 photo: Jonathan David Cortis, Redruth.

 

Fore Street, Pool, Redruth – A few of the locals happen to be in the right place at the right time for a rare Edwardian photo opportunity!
1904 photo: The late, great Edward Albert Bragg, Illogan & Falmouth.
2021 photo: Jonathan David Cortis, Redruth.

Clinton Road/ Treruffe Hill junction, Redruth – Passmore Edwards Free Library.
Locals gather for a rare photo opportunity.

1903 photo: Possibly the late, great Edward Albert Bragg, Illogan & Falmouth.
2022 photo: Jonathan David Cortis, Redruth.
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Falmouth Road, RedruthTreruffe Hill Methodist Chapel Tea Treat Parade.
Child members of the chapel parade through Falmouth Road. Likely congregated at Lanner Methodist Church on that day.
1905 photo: The late great Edward Albert Bragg, Illogan & Falmouth.
2022 photo: Jonathan David Cortis, Redruth.
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Then and Now: Festivities and Celebrations

Fore Street, Redruth– Unknown Event  (1980’s), And the Redruth Town Band, Murdoch Day  (2021).
1980’s photo: Nostalgic Redruth (Facebook)
2021 photo: The Redruth Town Council, Redruth.
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Coronation Day, Redruth1911, And Victoria Park (2023).
1911 photo: The Cornish Memory
2023 photo: The Redruth Town Council, Redruth.
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