Alastair Sawday recommends five summer staycationsby Alastair Sawday / July 31, 2012 / Leave a comment
1. REDRUTH, CORNWALL
Our perceptions and memories of places can be embarrassingly narrow, set in mental concrete by our very limited experience. Cornwall is a classic case—all coves and cottages, bays and pasties, cliffs and estuaries. I am as guilty as anyone. Those are the photos I had in my brain until recently, when I was side-tracked to Redruth.
Redruth should be taken seriously. It was once the second richest town in Britain, during the heady days of tin and copper mining. But that all ended in the late 19th century with the decline in the mining industry, and the town has never quite been restored to its former glory. The last mine closed in 1998. I am writing about Redruth because my wife’s uncle, who died at 96, taught there all his life—pushing bemused Redruth boys into Cambridge with the Latin he had taught them. He left Em his house and, two years later, and it is transformed. We use it a lot and also rent it out.