A High Street Sound Walk in Redruth
This walk is made up of snippets of history, both old and contemporary, collected and reimagined by Sue Hill, Ciaran Clarke, Annamaria Murphy.
‘Street of Voices’ / 'Stret an Levow' by Annamaria Murphy, Sue Hill and Ciaran Clarke
Start: The Redruth Drapery
Duration: 41 minutes
Accessibility: There are several small steps during the route.
Using headphones via your personal device, let the voices of people real and imagined, lead you around this ancient mining town. The map below gives an overview of the stops along the route.
For a step free, wheelchair accessible route, between story 8 and story 9, please exit the Buttermarket onto Station Hill, turn right, and then immediately right into Clinton Passage. Proceed through to Fore Street, turn left down the hill, and take the next left into Fairmeadow Opeway. This then brings you to Back Lane West and story 9.
⚠️Content warning: Please note track 8, THE BALLAD OF GRACIE BRINEY, has adult themes.
📄 Alternative formats: transcript | augmented transcript for deaf and hard-of-hearing people
Artists Annamaria Murphy, Sue Hill and Ciaran Clarke’s sound walk ‘Street of Voices’ (‘Stret an Levow’ in Cornish) explores layers of time to unlock the people and events that the high street has borne witness to over time. Real voices and stories that honour the extraordinary town that is 'Pueblo Magico', Redruth.
Hear the tale of Emily Knuckey, delivered from Redruth to the Bodmin court wrapped in a carpet. Listen to the memories of The West End Stores Christmas Grotto and those that might have flown on a magic carpet. Be serenaded by the Ballad of Gracey Briney, a fierce cross-dresser, and bal-maiden, horse and cart driver, cherry seller.
Listen to local stories from young and old and be immersed in the sounds, voices and history of the high street.
It’s part of High Street Sound Walks, a series of self-guided, immersive sound walks to help people discover the magic of their local high streets for Heritage Open Days. High Street Sound Walks is a commission by Historic England, National Trust and Heritage Open Days with support from the players of People’s Postcode Lottery and produced by Sound UK.
Research – Tamsin Spargo, Will Tremayne, Hetty Bevington
Actor – Shazz Andrew
Song and additional lyrics – Claire Ingleheart
With thanks to: Stephen Child and Rachael Mia Allen - The Redruth Drapery, Ben Read - Beats and Roots, Sam White - Redruth Town Council, Agents4Change, Claire Tripp at Azook, Josh Morse photography, Ross Williams - Redruth Revival, Eric Morse, Falmouth University, Jack Morrison, Robin Knights, Deb Reeve and Manny Hernandez, Lee Collins, Jane Hayman, Jackie Barr, Phil Hosken, Neil Gay, Vanessa Moyle, Roy and Marie Gill, Melissa Glover and Beverly Matthews, Michael & Barbara Tompson, Peter Malindine, Max and Jasper Morrison, Chloe Phillips - Kresen Kernow, Ashton Sandry, Lodge and Thomas, Jowan Leitch, Mike Barber, Bethany Lyne, Deborah Edwards.