St Mary's Aisle Appeal

The Story of St Mary's Aisle and What is needed

St Mary’s Aisle is a much-loved piece of old Truro, made from the remnants of the 16th-century parish church that stood on the prime town centre site given over to the new cathedral in 1880. It has witnessed the baptisms, weddings and funerals of local families for generations, and still serves as a parish church – the only one within a cathedral in England.

Known as St Mary’s Aisle, it has a very special atmosphere, with glowing stained glass and fascinating ceiling bosses bringing Cornish history to life. But many years have passed since the last serious investment, and it now badly needs repair and refurbishment.

The roof is worn out and cannot cope any longer. Unsightly marks can already be seen on the walls and ceiling near the bosses, and trickling raindrops threaten the floor and 18th century organ. The old lead gutters and Delabole slate roof need urgent renewal to keep out increasingly heavy storms, as the climate changes, and there are essential repairs needed to the stonework and windows.

The future of the Aisle depends on generosity. Altogether, the work will cost £450,000 and must start this winter to prevent further damage.

The St Mary’s Aisle Appeal will make the roof watertight and refurbish the interior so that once again it will be overflowing with activities for all ages, from quiet reflection and meditation to arts and crafts, school visits, holiday activities, and joyful celebrations for all the family.

Please give what you can to cherish our common life.

How to help

Thank you for helping to restore St Mary’s Aisle to its beautiful best. We look forward to seeing you there!


In the event that our fundraising for the restoration of the Aisle exceeds its target of £450,000, anything extra will go towards other essential cathedral roof repairs.