Redruth was originally a market town overshadowed by its neighbour, Camborne, until the demand for copper ore during the 18th century, went sky high. Copper ore had mostly been ignored by the Cornish tin-mining industry but was more in demand to make brass, an essential metal in the Industrial Revolution.
Surrounded by copper ore deposits, Redruth quickly became one of the largest and richest mining areas in Britain and the town’s population grew markedly, although most miners’ families remained poor.
Today, Redruth has become a big urban town. Like Camborne, the area is growing very fast in residential size, almost merging together, as one big town.