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Truro Old Cornwall Society



President: Bert Biscoe


Secretary: Mrs Christine Parnell  Bosperro, Crescent Gardens, Truro TR1 3ET  01872 242464



Treasurer: Michael Sterry, Flat 1 Woodville, Agar Road, Truro TR1 1JU  





Truro has existed for thousands of years. New archaeology revealed by the Tregurra park and ride, the new  Richard Lander School and other new developments shows this confluence of rivers, of farming and mining with trade and shipping, to have been inhabited since the Neolithic Period. In later times the town has evolved and much of that story is documented. Truro Old Cornwall Society continues to play a part in learning and celebrating our story.


Formed in 1922, Truro Old Cornwall Society is celebrating its 93rd anniversary during 2015-16. It is a friendly and informative gathering.


Each year for the past 93 years the Society entertains speakers, encourages sharing and discussion, and celebrates both the town and the many elements of Cornish culture – each year we mount a Cornish wrasslin’ tournament and recently, with the support of Truro City Council, we reprinted the ‘timeline’ which was first produced during the Society’s inaugural year in 193?? (It is available from the Tourism Information Centre in Boscawen Street).


In the Summer the Society makes visits to places of interest. It is a member of the Federation of Old Cornwall Societies, and attends to Summer and Winter Fairs, which bring Societies together to celebrate, to ‘gather the fragments, to forge new friendships and renew old ones.


If you would like to know more please contact either:

Mrs Christine Parnell 01872  242464, the Secretary and Recorder, or Bert Biscoe 01872 242293 – bertbiscoe@btinternet.com


Do come along. It would be great to see you.







October 11th Tracing your Family Tree. A Fascinating talk by Molly Burnley of Ancestry Reunited. Ms Burnley has traced many trees for various families and has an enthusiasm which is infectious. She has some interesting tales to tell!


November 8th Art Historian, Viv Hendra, returns to describe his latest research about C19th Truro and London businessman, John White, who set up the John White Charity to commemorate the Great Fire of London. It is still administered by Truro City Council today – 350 years later.


December Annual Christmas lunch - details to be announced.


January 10th 2017 MEMBERS NIGHT - All members are invited to bring along items or anecdotes, pieces of research or folklore. Non-members are welcome to attend and/or bring something of interest along.


February 14th Animal, wind and water power in Industrial Archaeology with Russell Holt. An illustrated talk.


March 14th Blue Badge Guide, Diana Smith, will give a talk with slides – ‘Exploring Falmouth’ – a talk she often gives for cruise ship passengers.


April 11th Historian and environmental campaigner, Chris Burton, will talk about Roundwood Quay, the subject of his latest book.


Meetings are held at the Friends Meeting House, Paul’s Terrace, Truro TR1 1HF. Parking in Moresk CP (back of Carrick offices)

Annual subscription is £8, or £1 per meeting.
































Founded: 1922


Colours: Beige, Silver & Pale Blue


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