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Historic St Dennis
Old St Dennis - Pic: stdennis.netfirms.com
The Old Post Office in St Dennis is now a private cottage on Fore Street

St Dennis was the culmination of smaller hamlets; Hendra, Trelavour and Whitepit, which grew rapidly after William Cookworthy discovered China Clay in the area.

By the end of the 1700's such notable people like Stoke's Josiah Wedgwood were involved in the production of China Clay.

In the '60s the village had countless shops and amenities.

Today Dennis remains a busy village with a strong community spirit.

St Dennis
The Institute and Working Men's Club in St Dennis opened in 1922

The village of St Dennis was almost a town during the Swinging Sixties.

Shops included three gent hairdressers, cobblers shop, four petrol stations, laundrette, chemist, and a blacksmith shop.

Other businesses in the village included John Nance's furniture showroom (which had previously been run by Nance's father and grandfather), a Co-op, coalyard and two doctors surgeries.

During the boom period of China Clay St Dennis had a railway passing through the edge of the village.

Pictures of St Dennis

Jenny Ellacott and the team at stdennis.netfirms.com have very kindly allowed us to use some of their archive pictures of the village:

Audio: A walk in St Dennis

Our guide on BBC Cornwall's history walk around St Dennis is the Old Cornwall Society's Mona Trethewey. Although she was born in nearby Nanpean, she has lived in St Dennis for more than 60 years.

Click on the links below to hear her audio, which will be updated weekly.

Not only is there a strong community spirit in the village, but also a musical one. The area is home to the popular is St Dennis Band.

The band is believed to have been formed in 1836 as part of the village's festivities in connection with the Coronation of Queen Victoria.

There was once a Plaza cinema in the village. It wasn't unusual to see people form huge queues to watch the stars of the vintage silver screen. The cinema closed in the early '60s. But then how many Cornish villages could claim to have its own Plaza cinema!

Those are just a few of the highlights of St Dennis. If you lived or have lived in the village in the past, fill in the form below and let us know your memories:

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