From the Middle Ages when Truro was an important port and one of Cornwall's stannary towns for assaying and stamping tin and copper from the Cornish mines, to its current status as the county's main administrative and commercial centre, the city of Truro has a proud and distinctive identity. This extraordinary history is embodied in the many fine buildings that have shaped the city.
Truro in 50 Buildings explores the history of this rich and vibrant community through a selection of its greatest architectural treasures. From the Gothic Revival cathedral to the beautifully refurbished Hall for Cornwall (now a successful performing arts and entertainment venue), this fascinating study celebrates Truro's architectural heritage in a new and accessible way. Local historian Christine Parnell guides the reader on a tour of the city's historic buildings and modern architectural marvels.
Christine Parnell has always had an interest in the history of her home town and apart from twenty years exiled in other towns in Devon and Cornwall due to her late husband's occupation she thinks there is nowhere better to live. She has been the secretary of Truro Old Cornwall Society since 1995 and previously, when at grammar school represented Truro on various local knowledge quiz television programmes several times. She can sometimes be seen leading a group of interested people on a historical walk of the town, but never on a Tuesday evening as the competition from the cathedral bells is just too much!