St Dennis, Cornwall
St Dennis from the air showing the church built inside a hillfort
|Location within Cornwall|
|Population||2,785 (United Kingdom Census 2011)|
|OS grid reference|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Post town||ST AUSTELL|
|Police||Devon and Cornwall|
St Dennis had a population of 2,696 in the 2001 census. The village is famous for its church built on the site of an Iron Age hillfort. The area is full of tips and clay 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 'Cornish hedges'.
The church is on top of a hill overlooking the village and has views to the sea at Newquay. It stands on the site of an Iron Age fort. The tower is the oldest part of the church, and the newer church has been repaired after being destroyed by fire in 1985. The village also has a strong history of Methodism and once had three Methodist chapels, two of these are still in use.