Descriptive Gazetteer Entry for Truro

Truro, mun. bor., city, par., seaport and market town, Cornwall, at the confluence of the Kenwyn and St Allen, at the head of Falmouth harbour, 8½ miles N. of Falmouth and 300 miles from London by rail - par., 3599 ac., pop. 6247; bor. (extending into Kenwyn par.), 1171 ac., pop. 10,619; 4 Banks, 2 newspapers. Market-days, Wednesday and Saturday. Truro (which is said to have originated in the trade with the Phoenicians) is the centre of a great mining district, and the seat of the stannary and other courts connected with the Duchy of Cornwall. Vessels of 100 tons come up to the quays, and a considerable trade is carried on in connection with the adjacent tin and copper mines. (For shipping statistics, see Appendix.) The smelting of tin is carried on to a great extent. Among the public buildings are the new cathedral, the grammar school, the mining college, and the museum of the Royal Institution of Cornwall. Samuel Foote (1720-1777), the comedian, was a native. In 1877 Truro was constituted the head of a new diocese, comprising the archdeaconry of Cornwall. It sent 2 representatives to Parliament from the 23d of Edward I. until 1885.

(John Bartholomew, Gazetteer of the British Isles (1887))

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Feature Description: "municipal borough"   (ADL Feature Type: "cities")
Administrative units: Cornwall AncC
Place: Truro

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