Former Ticket Office, Redruth

STOP PRESS It turns out this building has been demolished. Perhaps not an architectural gem but an important part of historic Redruth and a building of local distinctiveness.

Buildings at risk take many forms – from country seats to phone boxes, churches to signal boxes. Railway infrastructure has long been a concern of the Group. One building sadly neglected and brought to the attention of this project is this former railway ticket office in Redruth. The building is not listed however neighbouring buildings are. The timber station building on the westbound platform and the 1888 footbridge are listed as is the two office buildings to the left – the c.1880 building with the rising gable with niches and classical doorway may be by James Hicks (retains some similarities to his Mining Exchange and buildings on Alma Place) and beyond that is an office building for Abbott and Wickett by Sampson Hill (1891).

The old ticket office, later a bus drivers refreshment room, has declined significantly in condition from a picture taken a decade ago (below). The buildings at risk project champions all building types regardless of listing. It is of note that the adjoining building has been sympathetically restored.

Old ticket office in happier times (far right of photograph)
Side elevation of old ticket office

The original Redruth Station of 1843 was at West End, whereas the present Redruth Station most probably dates from soon after 1852 when the first viaduct was built to Brunel’s design. This viaduct linked the West Cornwall Railway from Hayle to the line from Truro and eventually after Brunel’s Royal Albert Bridge of 1859 in Devon and beyond.  The newspaper reported the fact that there was no proper ticket office or station waiting room at Redruth in the 1880s, so this building appears to date to about 1880.

It was certainly in situ on the 1906 Ordnance Survey map. The current ticket office on the upline was built in 1936.

With thanks to Terry Knight and Linda Beskeen.

Published by buildingsatrisk

Since 1969 the aims of the Cornish Buildings Group have been to stimulate interest, appreciation and knowledge of good building in Cornwall, and to encourage the erection, protection, repair and recording of such buildings. Like any amenities group, we depend on numbers, strength and support of our membership, who provide the force and knowledge that have made us effective for over fifty years. We encourage the protection and repair of historic buildings whether these are listed buildings or simply good examples of traditional building. We aim to encourage good architecture and to raise the general standard of building throughout the county. We hope that our generation may leave behind it buildings which will be looked back on with that same pleasure and enjoyment that we experience when we look at the architecture of past ages.

4 thoughts on “Former Ticket Office, Redruth

  1. Ticket office sadly gone despite a lot of traffic on Nostalgic Redruth FB page, I had checked thinking it had been listed but like so many great buildings in Redruth, it was not, so really no-one knew where to go for support at that time.


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