Just a few fun snippets about Truro – See How many you Knew!!
During the Civil War in the 17th century, Truro raised a sizeable force to fight for the king and a royalist mint was set up. Defeat by the Parliamentary troops came in 1646 and the mint was moved to Exeter.
The Rivalry of Falmouth & Truro & Why
Later in the century, Falmouth was awarded its own charter, giving it rights to its harbour and starting a long rivalry between the two towns.
The dispute was settled in 1709 with control of the River Fal divided between them. The arms of the city of Truro are “Gules the base wavy of six Argent and Azure, thereon an ancient ship of three masts under sail, on each topmast a banner of St George, on the waves in base two fishes of the second.
Fact 1 – Truro has been a Borough since medieval times, its borough court first granted in 1153, and becoming a free borough in 1589. Truro became a city in 1877, being issued letters patent after becoming the location of an Anglican diocese in 1876, at a time when it was proud to achieve the recognition and status.
Fact 2 – The city is the eighth smallest in the UK in terms of population,
Fact 3 – Twinning
Truro is twinned with Boppard, in the Rhineland-Palatinate region of Germany,
Morlaix in Brittany, France, after which Morlaix Avenue in Truro is named.
Fact 4 – Namesakes
Several towns outside of the UK took their names from Truro:
- Truro in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia
- Truro in the US state ofMassachusetts
- Truro in the US state of Iowa
- Truro ,South Australia
The name Truro is claimed to come from the Cornish word ‘Tri-ver’ which means three rivers. The Kenwyn, the Allen and the Tinney rivers come together to form the Truro River.
Here’s 2 famous locals:
Roger Taylor(born 1949), drummer from the rock band Queen
Barbara Joyce West(1911–2007), second-to-last survivor of the RMS Titanic