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| map_type = Cornwall
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| static_image_caption =
| latitude = 50.3831
| longitude = -4.8833
| official_name = St Dennis
| cornish_name = Tredhinas
| population = 2,696
| population_ref= (Civil Parish, 2001)
| unitary_england= Cornwall
| lieutenancy_england = Cornwall
| metropolitan_borough =
| metropolitan_county =
| region = South West England
| constituency_westminster = St Austell and Newquay
| post_town = ST AUSTELL
| postcode_district = PL26
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| dial_code = 01726
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St Dennis (Template:Lang-kw) is a civil parish and village in Cornwall, United Kingdom. The village is situated on the B3279 between Newquay and St Austell[1].

St Dennis had a population of 2,696 in the 2001 census[2]. A quarter of the male population is employed in the extraction of china clayTemplate:Citation needed.

The village is famous for its church built on the site of an Iron age hillfort. Other major buildings include the Methodist chapel and the Boscawen Hotel.

HistoryEdit

St Dennis originated as several smaller settlements; Hendra, Trelavour and Whitepit, which grew rapidly after William Cookworthy discovered China Clay in the area. In the mid-twentieth century, businesses in St. Dennis included a Plaza cinema, three gent hairdressers, cobblers shop, four petrol stations, laundrette, chemist, a blacksmith shop, John Nance's furniture showroom (which had previously been run by Nance's father and grandfather), a Co-op, and coalyard. [3]

==Geography==
The area is characterised by tips and pits of china clay mining but St Dennis village itself is designated an 'island settlement' which prevents encroachment by the china clay industry.

Much of the parish is up to 500 feet above sea level, and the countryside is moorland with small fields enclosed by earth-covered granite walls known as 'hedges'. These hedges were constructed centuries ago, when the land was cleared for farming.

==Churches and chapels==
File:St Dennis from the air.jpg

The church is situated on top of a hill overlooking the village and has views to the sea at Newquay. It is dedicated to St Denys and stands on the site of an Iron Age fort. The tower is the oldest part of the church, and the newer church was almost destroyed by fire in 1985.[4] Although heartbreaking at the time, it has risen again from the ashes. The new roof timbers were so large that they had to be lifted in by a Royal Navy Seaking helicopter.

The village also has a strong history of Methodism and at one stage there were three Methodist chapels in the village. Two of these, at Carne Hill, and Hendra Road are still open to this day.

==Education and social life==
The infant school in St Dennis has been amalgamated with the new primary school, and the old building has been refurbished and is now used as an outreach centre called ClayTAWC. The centre teaches computer studies to adults in the area, and also has many other interesting classes.

St Dennis Band is based in the village, and has a history of competing with some of the world's top bands. The Band recently gained Championship Status in 2009.

The village of St Dennis has two public houses, The Commercial Inn and the Boscawen Hotel, and there are also three clubs, the St Dennis Working Men's Club, the St Dennis Band Club, and the St Dennis Association Football Club.

==Technology==
The Land Master all-terrain vehicle was developed here in the late 1970s.

==Railway lines==
The railway station for St Dennis is St Columb Road but there have been mineral railways in the parish, for which see article St Dennis railway station

==References==
  1. Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 200 Newquay & Bodmin ISBN 9780319229385
  2. Census 2001
  3. Template:Cite web
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==External links==
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