down on the right, set back, is a pre-Victorian building, the former King's
Arms, now the Halifax Building Society. There
were several inns in Fore Street, not only drinking houses, but also transport
and communications centres in the days of horses and coaches.The area in
front of the King's Arms was Potato Court (right) because potatoes
were sold here. In the last century there were many such traders' stalls
in Fore Street, especially on a Saturday evening.
8 Fore Street
virtually was Redruth for centuries, until the boom years saw the long
back gardens built over with crowded courts reached by narrow alleys.
The crammed terraces had no plumbing or sanitation, and most have been
demolished. A glimpse down Lemin's Court (two properties up from the Regal
Cinema) gives some idea of how things were. The junction of the bottom
of Fore Street is the site of the original ford across the stream, which
was progressively covered over, probably in the 18th century.