Truro was formerly one of the towns having the privilege of stamping tin, and is the seat of the stannary Court.
It was an active centre of mining, and became a stannary or coinage town.
The stannary Courts, we are informed, were utterly corrupt and saturated with the spirit of perjury and injustice.
Helston was one of the stannary Towns, and it was said that vessels could at one time come quite near it.
It is certain that Lydford ranked high among the stannary towns, and was a place of consequence.
The castle, an uninteresting ruin, occupies a natural mound artificially shaped; it was long the stannary prison.
It was one of the six stannary towns, and prior to 1832 returned two members to Parliament.
But the tinners were under their own laws and officers, and their court, called the stannary Court, sat formerly at Lostwithiel.
stannary, stan′ar-i, adj. of or relating to tin mines or works.
Appeals from the stannary Courts may be made now to the higher courts of England.