1880: Last service held in St Mary’s Church

11th October 1880

The last service a Harvest festival was held in St.Mary’s Church on 11th October 1880 after a wedding.

The old Church was replaced temporarily by a wooden sack that cost £430 to erect. It would eventually remain in place for seven years before being sold on to become the ‘Cathedral Boot works’ in Redruth

‘The demolition of St.Mary’s Church, Truro to provide part of the site for the erection of the new Cathedral for the diocese will soon be proceed with and the last sermon s were proceeded with in the old Church yesterday (Sunday) the harvest festival being celebrated on the same day. The following Sunday Divine service was held in St.Mary; s burial ground and subsequently in a wooden Church nearby a ‘barn like affair’ holding about 500 people. All but the south arcade and south –east wall of the old Church was demolished, each piece of much weathered granite being numbered carefully and stored away according to the Cathedral Foreman whose name was given as Dan Delabole-The tower itself consisted of ‘mortar- earth’ no more no less’

The West Britain (Truro, England), 11th of October, 1880.

Research by Lisa Thomas

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