St Day

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St Day
St Day old church - - 764374.jpg
St Day old church
St Day is located in Cornwall
St Day
St Day
Location within Cornwall
OS grid referenceSW730425
Civil parish
  • St Day
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townREDRUTH
Postcode districtTR16
Dialling code01209
PoliceDevon and Cornwall
AmbulanceSouth Western
EU ParliamentSouth West England
UK Parliament
List of places
50°14′20″N 5°11′02″W / 50.239°N 5.184°W / 50.239; -5.184Coordinates: 50°14′20″N 5°11′02″W / 50.239°N 5.184°W / 50.239; -5.184

St Day (Cornish: Sen Day) is a civil parish and village in Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. It is situated between the village of Chacewater and the town of Redruth;[1] the electoral ward St Day and Lanner had a population at the 2011 census of 4,473.[2]

St Day is located in a former mining area (which included Poldice, Tolcarne, Todpool, Creegbrawse and Crofthandy) and accrued considerable wealth from mining; the parish is at the heart of the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape, a World Heritage Site that includes St Agnes, Chapel Porth and Porthtowan.

Industrial history[edit]

St Day was a centre for the richest and perhaps most famous copper mining district in the world from the 16th century to the 1830s.[citation needed] The population, wealth and activity in St Day declined steadily from about 1870 onwards, today the population is smaller than in 1841,[3] it is now essentially a residential village.

The Wheal Gorland mine is the type locality for the minerals: clinoclase, cornwallite and liroconite.[4]

The population of St Day was 1,821 at the census 2011[5]


St Day Feast occurs during the summer within the village, it consists in part, two formal street dances similar to that in Helston; the children`s dance involves the children of St Day Primary School.

A St Day mine site has been used for short-oval stock car racing for many years. Stock car drivers from Cornwall have won 11 World Championships.

Parish church[edit]

The parish was originally a chapelry of Gwennap but became independent in 1835. In the 13th century there was a chapel dedicated to the Holy Trinity and even earlier there had been a chapel dedicated to St Day which was a great centre of pilgrimage;[6] the saint commemorated here is probably the Breton Saint Dei.[7]


  1. ^ Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 203 Land's End ISBN 978-0-319-23148-7
  2. ^ "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 12 February 2015.
  3. ^ "Cornwall Industrial Settlements Initiative : ST DAY : (Gwennap Area)" (PDF). Retrieved 2015-12-31.
  4. ^ "Wheal Gorland, St Day United Mines (Poldice Mines), Gwennap, Camborne - Redruth - St Day District, Cornwall, England, UK". Retrieved 2015-12-31.
  5. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 12 February 2015.
  6. ^ Cornish Church Guide (1925) Truro: Blackford; p. 54
  7. ^ Doble, G. H. (1964) The Saints of Cornwall: part 3. Truro: Dean and Chapter; ISBN 978-0902867017, pp. 133-139

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