Redruth was a planted medieval town of the 1300s, growing around the crossing point of a small stream. It gained a market and fair in 1533 but remained fairly insignificant until the rise of copper mining in the 1700s. This catapulted it into functioning as the principal market for the central mining district.

Redruth in the early 1800s

Population 1861: 8,000

Population 2011: 14,000

Planned population 2031: 16,900

Competing interpretations of the Council’s strategy at Redruth