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St Day

The parish of St Day, (Cornish: Sen Day), is located in the Hundred of Kerrier and Deanery of Carnmarth (which is actually located within this parish). The parish is named after St Day who, whilst not well known in Britain, is often found honoured in Brittany. The old pronunciation of 'St Dye' was in common use until fairly recently.
The parish was formed in 1835 from within the parish of Gwennap. It lies about 2 miles east of Redruth. The area is heavily populated with houses that were once occupied by local miners. The tin mining industry has now died out in the area.

St Day is an attractive town situated in the centre of the once-extensive mining district.

Most parish and church description(s) on these pages are from Lake's Parochial History of the County of Cornwall by J Polsue (Truro, 1867 - 1873)


The churchyard in St Day Parish (OS Grid Reference SW423736) was opened in 1835.


Census information for this parish (1841 - 1901) is held in the Cornwall Record Office. The Cornwall Family History Society offers a census search service for its members. The Cornwall Family History Society have also published on-line census detail by surname on the FamilyHistoryonLine site.

Specific census information for this parish is available as follows:

Church History

Church Records

Civil Registration

The parish of St Day is in the Registration District of Camborne, and has been continuously from 1st July 1837. Parishes in this registration district are: Camborne, East Phillack, Gwennap, Gwinear, Gwithian, Illogan, Phillack, Redruth, St. Sithian's, West Phillack.

The address of the Superintendant Registrar is: Roskear, Camborne, TR14 8DN. Tel: 01209 612924.

Description & Travel


The On-line Parish Clerk (OPC) scheme operates a service to help family historians; the OPC page for this parish is available on-line, from where the OPC can be contacted by email.


Poorhouses, Poor Law, etc.

St Day parish became part of the Redruth Union for Poor Law administration and parish relief on its creation.


This parish was created from part of Gwennap parish in 1833. In 1841, it was enumerated as part of Gwennap parish when the joint population totalled 10465..

Most parish and church description(s) on these pages are from Lake's Parochial History of the County of Cornwall by J Polsue (Truro, 1867 - 1873)
  • Population in 1841 - (Parish was enumerated with Gwennap)
  • Population in 1851 - 3907 persons
  • Population in 1861 - 3798 persons
  • Population in 1871 - 3049 persons
  • Population in 1881 - 2342 persons
  • Population in 1891 - 2292 persons
  • Population in 1901 - 2061 persons
  • Population in 1911 - 2032 persons
  • Population in 1921 - 3882 persons (was enumerated with Lanner)
  • Population in 1931 - 3785 persons
  • Population in 1951 - 3758 persons
  • Population in 1961 - 3517 persons
  • Population in 1971 - 4364 persons
  • Population in 1981 - 1695 persons
  • Population in 1991 - 1760 persons
  • Population in 2001 - 1621 persons
  • Population in 2011 - 1821 persons


The parish comprises 1025 acres of land.

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