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Truro's glorious past
Boscawen Street, as it looked in the past
The city of Truro in years gone by

Truro has a fascinating past. It shared in the glory days of Tin Mining in Cornwall.

It became a city 1877 but had been a town since the 12th Century.

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+ In the past Truro was a busy port and a large mining area.

+ There has been a town in Truro since the 12th Century.

+ Truro became a city in 1877, long after Exeter.

In the 19th and 20th centuries Truro was a very busy port and prior to this a large mining and agricultural area. It attracted wealthy merchants and bankers who built fine houses, turning Truro into a fashionable place.

There has been a town in Truro since the 12th century when Richard Lucy, a minister of Henry II built a castle on the hill.

The ancient cobbled streets and early buildings can still be seen to this day.

Squeeze Guts Alley in Truro
This aptly named alleyway is a shortcut in Truro

Truro is also famous for its narrow alley ways. One is the aptly named Squeeze Guts Alley which remains a popular shortcut to this day.

It was during the 14th century that Truro became an important port with ships sailing into Lemon Quay.

Truro became one of Cornwall's 'stannary' towns. It was where the locally mined tin and copper was brought, twice a year, for assaying and stamping and then onward shipment from the port.

Old Truro Alley way still very much in use today
This couple walk up one of the many old alleyways

Truro was granted its own charter in the 16th century by Queen Elizabeth I.

This enabled the election of a mayor.

In the 18th and 19th centuries Truro began to grow. It was around this time that it became known as the 'London of Cornwall'.

Truro became a centre for fashionable, wealthy and influential people.

Another major event in the 19th century was the Bishopric of Truro Bill which was passed by Parliament in 1876.

Truro Cathedral
Standing proud about the city of Truro

Truro Cathedral is a major part of the landscape of the city as well as an important place of worship for many in Cornwall and beyond.

Unlike many in the UK Truro Cathedral is relatively new.

It was built less than 100 years ago and was the first new cathedral to be built since St Paul's in the 17th Century. The building was completed in 1910.

Truro became a city in 1877, long after Exeter but more than 50 years before Plymouth was given the same honour.

Watch Spotlight on BBC One at 6.30pm from Tuesday 18th to see a three part series highlighting the South West's cities.

The city of Truro has changed massively over recent years.

Find out more about the changes and life in the city today and have your say!

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