Friday, 3 February 2017

Truro Cathedral - Cornwall

I first visited Lichfield during the war and later moved there when married. The dominating feature was Lichfield Cathedral and the dominating fact was that it was the only cathedral in Britain to have three spires (the Ladies of the Vale), so it was a big shock to drive into Truro for the first time about 45 years ago and find a cathedral with three spires.

Back then there was no internet or Wikipedia so it took many questions and a lot of digging before I found the truth. There are three cathedrals in Britain with three spires, but only one that is medieval.

Lichfield Cathedral was built in the 13th century. Both Truro Cathedral and St Mary's Cathedral in Edinburgh have 3 spires, but they were both built at the end of the 19th century.

The diocese of Truro was established in 1876. It was decided immediately that there should be a cathedral and one dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary was built between 1880 and 1910 in the Gothic Revival style. Not only does the cathedral dominate the town, it is the only cathedral in the UK to have been built on a new site since 1220.

Truro Cathedral


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