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The people of Truro enjoyed a number of annual events to escape the hum-drum of everyday life in the Eighteenth, Nineteenth and Twentieth century’s.

Over the years, the visiting fairs brought weird and wonderful sights which the residents of Truro did not often see.

These included giants, glass-blowers, and peep-shows; whirligigs and swingboats; cricket-playing elephants; Cossacks from Caracas, Bedouins from the Sahara, Gauchos from Argentina, and Cowboys and Indians from America - to name just a few!

The picture show Hancock's Living Pictures.

Hancocks living pictures