Historical Context Introduction to the Area


All Saints Church is situated in Truro, Cornwall’s capital city, 1.11 miles west of the City centre and 7.56 miles north of Falmouth.

Coordinates:  50° 15’42.27°N , 5°4’33.5°W

All Saints Church is built on the outskirts of Truro in Highertown Parish. The city of Truro stands in a strategic position, it’s situated halfway along the length of Cornwall and mid-way between the county’s North and South coasts, at the head of the Truro River leading to the tidal estuary of the River Fal. This has led to it’s development as Cornwall’s centre of administration and more recent growth as a touring and holiday centre.

Although not large by city standards (it has an estimated population of 19,000), Truro has all the bearings of a county capital city, the Cathedral dominates the City centre in quite a remarkable way but does not detract from the charm of the Georgian streets and quaint opes. It is also home to both the district and county council offices, along with the Crown Courts, making it the hub of the county. One of the most interesting buildings to me, is the Royal Cornwall Museum, which houses a splendid collection telling the story of both Truro and Cornwall.

Truro is a historic area with roots back to the Bronze Age, by Medieval times the town was well established and named Tre-ru, meaning three rivers. This comes form it’s original location at the point where the rivers Kenwyn, Allen and Glasteinan converge forming the Truro River. The town became know as an important port, due to its inland location away from invaders and also prospered from the fishing industry. As Truro gained importance it became a Charter City in 1877 and then three years later work began on building the Cathedral, a task that lasted for thirty years.

During the 1980’s throughout England many new churches were being built, Truro was selected as an area that could benefit from additional space to worship, due to it’s increasing population, which branched out to include neighbouring villages and parishes. It was decided to re-build a new larger church on the site of the old Baldhu Village Church, situated in the now Highertown area of Truro. This new Church would be known as ‘All Saints, Church of England’.

The Anglican roots of the site can be traced back to the early church and the Reformation, when Henry VIII started the process of creating the Church of England, after his split with the Pope and Catholic Church, in the 1530s.







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