Truro Cathedral

History

Blessed Sacrament windowTruro Cathedral is a Neo-Gothic Cathedral which was built between 1880 and 1910. It is the only Cathedral in England to have a parish church within it. Truro was part of the diocese of Exeter until 1887.

 

Attractions

“We owe this Cathedral church to the vision of Edward White Benson, the first Bishop, who later became Archbishop of Canterbury. The architect was John Loughborough Pearson: he died before the building was completed but his son Frank who was also an architect finished the work.

The design of this building is said to have been influenced by Lincoln Cathedral, where Bishop Benson had served as chancellor, the Cathedral of Quimper in Brittany and the Abbeys in Caen.

The genius of the architect can be appreciated best from St. Mary’s Aisle, which is part of the original Parish Church, from here one can see the wonderful way in which this church is attached to the new Cathedral, and the panorama of arches takes ones breath away. The Barrel roof of this Aisle has modern Bosses in memory of local people or national figures who had a Cornish connection.

The stained glass which was made by Clayton and Bell is thought to be the finest Victorian stained glass in England and tells the story of the Christian Church, starting with the birth of Jesus and finishing with the building of Truro Cathedral.

The ‘Father’ Willis Organ is world famous. It was built into the Cathedral as the Cathedral was being built and in consequence is deemed to be acoustically perfect. It was refurbished ten years ago, but has been neither added to nor taken from. Every Friday lunch time from April to October there is a free concert on this magnificent instrument.

Local Interest

Truro is a small city with very interesting shopping. It is easy to get around on foot and public transport from Truro to the rest of Cornwall is good. The Museum is a must with agreat deal of Cornish history to learn about. The Hall For Cornwall is the major theatre venue in Cornwall. Quite a lively city.