St Day

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St Day
Cornish: Sen Day
St Day old church - geograph.org.uk - 764374.jpg
St Day old church
St Day is located in Cornwall
St Day
St Day
 St Day shown within Cornwall
OS grid reference SW730425
Civil parish St Day
Unitary authority Cornwall
Ceremonial county Cornwall
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town REDRUTH
Postcode district TR16
Dialling code 01209
Police Devon and Cornwall
Fire Cornwall
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament Camborne and Redruth
List of places
UK
England
Cornwall

Coordinates: 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]

St Day is located in a former mining area (which included Poldice, Tolcarne, Todpool, Creegbrawse and Crofthandy) and St Day accrued considerable wealth from mining. The parish is at the heart of the Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape (a World Heritage Site) which also 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 up 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.[citation needed] It is now essentially a residential village.

The Wheal Gorland mine in St Day is the type locality for the minerals Chenevixite, Clinoclase, Cornwallite and Liroconite.[2]

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.

The population of St. Day currently stands at 3069.

Parish church[edit]

The parish was originally a chapelry of Gwennap but became independent in 1835. As early as the 13th century there was a chapel of the Holy Trinity at St Day and even earlier there had been one of St Day which was a great centre of pilgrimage.[3] The saint commemorated here is probably the Breton saint Dei.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 203 Land's End ISBN 978-0-319-23148-7
  2. ^ Wheal Gorland, St Day, Gwennap - St Day Area, Camborne - Redruth - St Day District, Cornwall, England, UK
  3. ^ Cornish Church Guide (1925) Truro: Blackford; p. 54
  4. ^ Doble, G. H. (1964) The Saints of Cornwall: part 3. Truro: Dean and Chapter; pp. 133-139

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