Place:St. Day, Cornwall, England

NameSt. Day
Alt namesSt. Daysource: Getty Vocabulary Program
TypeCivil parish
Coordinates50.233°N 5.183°W
Located inCornwall, England
See alsoGwennap, Cornwall, Englandcivil parish of which it was a part
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source: Family History Library Catalog
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St. Day (Cornish: Sen Day) is a village and civil parish in Cornwall, England. It is situated between the village of Chacewater and the town of Redruth.

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.

Industrial history

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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. The population, wealth and activity in St Day declined steadily from about 1870 onwards, today the population is smaller than in 1841. It is now essentially a residential village with a population of 3,069 in 2001 (UK census).

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

Parish church

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. The saint commemorated here is probably the Breton Saint Dei.

Research Tips

One of the many maps available on A Vision of Britain through Time is one from the Ordnance Survey Series of 1900 illustrating the parish boundaries of Cornwall at the turn of the 20th century. This map blows up to show all the parishes and many of the small villages and hamlets.

The following websites have pages explaining their provisions in WeRelate's Repository Section. Some provide free online databases.

  • GENUKI makes a great many suggestions as to other websites with worthwhile information about Cornwall as well as providing 19th century descriptions of each of the ecclesiastical parishes.
  • FamilySearch Wiki provides a similar information service to GENUKI which may be more up-to-date.
  • A Vision of Britain through Time has
  1. organization charts of the hierarchies of parishes within hundreds, registration districts and rural and urban districts of the 20th century
  2. excerpts from a gazetteer of circa 1870 outlining individual towns and parishes
  3. reviews of population through the time period 1800-1960
  • More local sources can often be found by referring to "What Links Here" in the column on the left.
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