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Last Updated: Wednesday, 23 April, 2003, 18:24 GMT 19:24 UK
Builders uncover historic remains
Building site in Truro
The builders uncovered an area of original granite cobbles
Builders working on a new shopping complex in Cornwall have stumbled across the remains of stables and a staging post dating back to the early 19th century.

Archaeologists have been called in to the site in Truro and it is now hoped that the discovery will be preserved and used in the development.

The project, in the centre of the city, meant an old market and a garage complex had to be demolished and it was when builders began to remove the concrete floor they made the discovery.

The stables lead into Lemon street, one of Cornwall's most historic streets, which was once one of busiest thoroughfares in the city.

'Original features'

Granite cobbles have been discovered as well as a huge turntable, thought to have been used to turn the coaches around, which has been taken away for renovation.

"It is significant because Truro has lost a lot of its original features," said Simon Hendra of G.J Hendra Ltd, the firm behind the project.

"It's lost a lot of its original granite cobbles so it's lovely to see some of these cobbles here."

The shopping complex, which will include a large art gallery, is expected to open in September and it is hoped that much of what has been found will go on view to the public.

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