Friday, July 11

Discovering Old Cornwall - 4 - Truro

Truro 1920

This is where I try to compare old photos of Cornwall with how the scene looks now.

Today I was in Truro with a 1920s picture (above) of Boscawen Street. I couldn't seem to get into the exact same position, from where to take the photo today (below), but the similarities are there. The street still has the same cobbled surface and some of the original buildings.

Boscawen Street, Truro, Cornwall
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It wasn't a particularly pleasant day weather-wise for our visit as it had been raining and there were dark rain clouds in the sky.

We still had a take-a-way lunch sitting outside in the square: Cornish pasty (of course) though mine was the vegetarian version. But eating outside can be dangerous! There are scavengers about, wherever you look.


Though Truro is about nine miles from the coast the seagulls are ready to pounce. Two people sitting near us felt the consequences. A man eating a sandwich had it snatched from him and a poor little girl lost her sausage roll to a diving seagull and was in floods of tears. Even the naked drummer man had to watch his credentials.

The naked drummer statue in Truro

We wandered up to Victoria Park and the old bandstand.

Victoria Park and bandstand Truro

But even there, the seagulls were hovering.

Victoria Park Truro Cornwall

Perhaps this is how Daphne Du Maurier got her inspiration for The Birds, as she lived in Cornwall.

Seagull swooping in Cornwall

More Old Cornwall Posts:
Discovering Old Cornwall - 1 - Pentewan
Discovering Old Cornwall - 2 - Charlestown
Discovering Old Cornwall - 3 - Lerryn

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  1. Suzie11:22

    Back to Cornwall. Glad to hear the drummers credentials were kept safe. Always like your Cornish posts, doesn't look like too much has changed in Truro.

    1. Luckily the city has kept many of it's old buildings.

  2. Had to laugh after reading this article Mike, seagulls really do get everywhere! Check this out at the Daily Mail

    1. Funny! A seagull coming second in a horse race!

  3. i hate them seagulls. i bet its because the visitors feed them that has caused the problem

    1. You are right the tourists like to feed them.

  4. You are so lucky that the scene from old still resembles strongly today. A local newspaper featured a 'then and now' series of the city I live in, and it is hardly recognisable, how dilapidated, neglected and chaotic things look now...

    1. That's sad about your town, but sadly that happens a lot and in England.

  5. So much is unchanged! Love the photos, old and new. I laughed about the gulls! Quite brazen!

    1. Very brazen, I think they've forgotten how to live by any other means.

  6. I like these posts where you show the old and the new.
    I've seen a post on the town of Mullumbimby where the blogger takes an old photo to the spot it was taken in the town and tries to match the photo to the current setting and takes a photo of both.It looks quite good,too.
    Here is the link for anyone who would like to see what I'm writing about -

    Just copy and paste the link into your browser to go to the site.