Truro is Cornwall’s capital city and centre for administration leisure and Retail.
Truro’s population is approx. 19000, it became a city in 1877. Truro cathedral was completed in 1910. The name truro is said to derive from “tre-uro” i.e. settlement on the river Uro.
Truro had a castle that was built in the 12th century by Richard De Luci, the town grew in the shadow of the castle. The castle has long since disappeared.
The city of truro is surrounded by a number of protected areas and park lands.
Truro`s cathedral took approx. 30 years to build. The Royal Cornwall museum is the oldest and premier museum for Cornwall history – it includes “Arthurs inscribed stone “
Tin and copper bought trade to the town now city. Various metals from surrounding towns arrived. Truro became the central hub for Cornwall trading in tin copper slate and cloth and grain. It is an ideal hub for your Cornwall family holiday.
Truro Cathedral has a highest spire of 249 ft. raising above the city. It has a green spire and is gothic in appearance
Truro is not the largest town in Cornwall, it was one of Cornwall’s -Stannary towns where tin was brought in for testing and stamping. Truro became Cornwall’s centre of high society and the home of the rich and famous
Truro was greatly involved in the civil war and in 1642 raised a force to fight the king.
Famous people from Truro
Richard & John Lander - Explorers of West Africa, discovering the source of the River Niger.
Silvanus Trevail - Architect.
Samuel Foote - Actor & Playwright.
Henry Bone - Painter
Sir William Lemon - Member of parliment & Philanthropist.
Joseph Emidy - Former slave turned violinist.
Roger Taylor - Drummer with the band Queen. Queen played there first gig in Truro City Hall.
Olaf Schmid - Killed in Afghanistan 2009. Awarded Postumous George Cross for selfless bravery.
Sir Ben Ainslie - Attended Truro School & learned to sail on the River Fal.
James Marsh - Film Director.
Helen Glover MBE - Born in Truro, British professional rower
Truro is an ideal base for your family cornwall holiday.