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Truro Cathedral, Truro, Cornwall. Around July 1903

Truro Cathedral, Truro, Cornwall. Around July 1903


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Filename: TRURI-TEcsu-6.tiff

Size: 6072 x 8690 (15.0MB)

Date: 26th September 2016

Source: Royal Cornwall Museum

County: Cornwall

Location Name: 50.263195, -5.051041

© From the collection of the RIC

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Truro Cathedral, Truro, Cornwall. Around July 1903

A view of Truro Cathedral down St Marys Street looking west. A steeplejack can be seen adjusting the weather vane on top of the central spire. The central tower was begun in 1901 and was finished in 1903. The top stone of the tower was placed on the 2nd of July 1903 by S.M. Dennis, son of J. Hawke Dennis, who donated over £ 15000 to finish the tower. Photographer: Arthur William Jordan

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TRURI : TEcsu.6

Media ID 12596295

© From the collection of the RIC

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This print takes us back in time to July 1903, capturing the majestic Truro Cathedral in all its glory. The view down St Marys Street offers a glimpse into the past, showcasing the architectural marvel that is Truro Cathedral. In this snapshot of history, our attention is drawn to a steeplejack fearlessly perched atop the central spire, adjusting the weather vane with precision. This daring individual adds a sense of scale to the towering structure, reminding us of both human ingenuity and bravery. The central tower itself is an impressive feat of craftsmanship and engineering. Construction began in 1901 and was completed just two years later in 1903. It's fascinating to learn that on July 2nd, 1903, S. M. Dennis placed the final stone on top of the tower – an act commemorated by this photograph. Arthur William Jordan skillfully captured this momentous occasion through his lens, freezing it for future generations to admire. His expertise allows us to appreciate not only Truro Cathedral but also other elements present in this scene: old-fashioned bicycles parked along St Marys Street; signs indicating local businesses; horses pulling carriages; and even a ladder leaning against one of the buildings. As we gaze upon this historical gem from Royal Cornwall Museum's collection, we are transported back over a century ago when life moved at a different pace – yet Truro Cathedral stood tall as an enduring symbol of faith and community pride.

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