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Twelveheads is located in Cornwall
Twelveheads shown within Cornwall
OS grid reference SW760424
Civil parish
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town TRURO
Postcode district TR4
Dialling code 01872
Police Devon and Cornwall
Fire Cornwall
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament
List of places
50°14′19″N 5°08′34″W / 50.2387°N 5.1428°W / 50.2387; -5.1428Coordinates: 50°14′19″N 5°08′34″W / 50.2387°N 5.1428°W / 50.2387; -5.1428

Twelveheads (Cornish: Dewdhek Stamp) is a hamlet east of St Day in west Cornwall, England, United Kingdom.[1] It lies in the parish of Chacewater, between Truro and Redruth.

History and geography[edit]

The name comes from the hamlet's mining history. Sets of stamps (machines used for crushing ore) were once used on the dressing floors in the village. The stamps had a total of twelve 'heads'.

Twelveheads Methodist Church

Twelveheads has a Methodist chapel; Billy Bray, the Methodist preacher, was born here. The former village pub and post office are both now private housing.

Twelveheads is close to the Coast to Coast cycle route and the former mine known as Wheal Busy. There is also the 'Twelveheads Gate' into the Poldice Valley - the path of the mineral tramway, popular with cyclists, horseriders and walkers. About 500 yards to the south-east, down the Carnon Valley, is the portal of the Great County Adit that once drained all the mines in the locality.


  1. ^ Ordnance Survey One-inch Map of Great Britain; Truro and Falmouth, sheet 190. 1961