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By Alastair Sawday  

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…

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