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.
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.