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St Marys Church, Truro, Cornwall. Around 1870

St Marys Church, Truro, Cornwall. Around 1870


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Filename: TRURI-TRUcsm-11.tiff

Size: 3616 x 4247 (3.0MB)

Date: 11th June 2019

Source: Royal Cornwall Museum

County: Cornwall

Location Name: 50.263195, -5.051041

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St Marys Church, Truro, Cornwall. Around 1870

The west front of St Marys Church. View taken from the High Cross end looking towards St Marys Street. A very early photograph. The parish church of St Mary the Virgin was first consecrated in 1259. It was then rebuilt several times and completed around 1518. The church was demolished in 1880 to make way for the building of Truro Cathedral. The south aisle of the church was incorporated into the new cathedral and is now known as St Marys aisle. A small group of people are standing in front of the railing which surround the church. Photographer: Unknown

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TRURI : TRUcsm.11

Media ID 19069116

© From the collection of the RIC

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EDITORS COMMENTS
This print takes us back to the late 19th century, offering a glimpse into the history of St Marys Church in Truro, Cornwall. The image showcases the magnificent west front of the church, captured from the High Cross end and looking towards St Marys Street. It is an incredibly rare photograph, as it was taken at a time when photography itself was still in its infancy. St Marys Church has a rich heritage dating back to its consecration in 1259. Over centuries, it underwent several reconstructions until its completion around 1518. However, this iconic medieval structure met its fate in 1880 when it was demolished to make way for the construction of Truro Cathedral. In this snapshot frozen in time, we see a small group of people standing before the railing that surrounds St Marys Church. Their presence adds scale and context to this historical moment. Unfortunately, due to unknown circumstances surrounding this photograph's originator or photographer, credit cannot be given. Today, only remnants remain as part of Truro Cathedral – specifically known as St Marys aisle – incorporating elements from the original church within its new design. This evocative print serves as a testament to lost buildings and architectural transformations throughout history while providing us with an invaluable window into Cornwall's ecclesiastical past.

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