Towns & Villages

St Dennis & Nanpean

Just a few miles from St Austell town, St Dennis and Nanpean are villages that have grown over many years.

From just a few settlements both have become an area with an ever-growing population with growing families and generations of locals alike.

The area is not short of history and heritage with place and road names that featured in the Domesday Book still in existence. One thing to look out for, stop and appreciate is St Denys Parish Church, which can be found at the top of Carne Hill, on the site of an Iron Age hill fort. It is believed the name ‘Denys’ stems from the word ‘Dinas’ which is Cornish for hill fort.

The China Clay industry has played a massive part of the villages’ industry and by the mid-20th Century, it provided employment for many of those living in the areas.

Today the communities in both St Dennis and Nanpean remain thriving, with, between them, a village band, football clubs, schools, WI, Old Cornwall Society, carnival events, among many others.

There are plenty of community events happening throughout the year – do you run one of these? Tell us about them – as well as more about life in St Dennis and Nanpean – and we’ll add them to the site. Simply email with the details.

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