In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Truro like this:
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.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Truro has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Carrick. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Truro and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Truro, in Carrick and Cornwall | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 23rd May 2013
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