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Truro is a city and civil parish in Cornwall, England, UK. The city is the centre for administration, leisure and retail in Cornwall, with a population recorded in the 2001 census of 17,431. Truro urban statistical area, which includes parts of surrounding parishes, has a 2001 census population of 20,920. By 2010 the city's population had increased to 19,134 and its surrounding urban area to 23,000 as based on the results of the population of Cornwall in 2010.
Post townTRURO
Administrative CountyCornwall
Traditional CountyCornwall
OS GridSW8244
OS Settlement ClassificationCity
RegionSouth West
Police AuthorityDevon and Cornwall
Fire and Rescue AuthorityCornwall
Fire and Rescue AuthorityCornwall
Ambulance AuthoritySouth Western
Dialling code01872
Population17,431 (2001)

Other names by which Truro has been known in the past


Truro in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

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.

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