ST DAY PARISH COUNCIL
St Day Church and Churchyard
Holy Trinity Church
St Day Holy Trinity (Old Church) was built in 1826-8 to designs by Charles Hutchens of Torpoint and was one of twelve in Cornwall funded by the Church Building Commissioners from money made available for church building following the Battle of Waterloo. Built in the ‘Commissioners Gothick’ style it was built of local grey granite ashlar and consisted of a five bay rectangular nave, shallow three-sided apse at the east end and a west tower. Internally it had galleries around the north, west and south walls and had a seating capacity of 1,500 before the galleries were removed in 1930.
The Old Church is grade II listed and situated within a Conservation Area.
In 1956 the Old Church was declared unsafe due to mining subsidence and was closed. By 1985 its deteriorating condition caused part of the roof to fall in and, as a result, the remainder of the roof was blown up. Following closure in 1956 the congregation moved into the former hall building on the opposite side of Church St., and that now serves as the parish church of St Day.
There is a small area for the burial of cremated remains in the avenue to the Old Church and enquiries concerning this should be made to the Churchwardens.
Negotiations are currently taking place (February 2017) between the Church Commissioners and the St Day Old Church Community Interest Company (CIC) for the purchase of the building. The St Day Old Church CIC aims to conserve and maintain the building and ensure its continued use as a community facility, including using it as a venue for the performing arts, music, films, art exhibitions, craft fairs and similar events.
The top half of the churchyard from the front gates to the marker posts below the church is now a ‘closed’ churchyard and no new burials may take place there. As a ‘closed’ churchyard Cornwall Council has responsibility for its maintenance and St Day Parish Council has an agency agreement with Cornwall Council to organise the grass cutting. This section of the churchyard is cut in March, May, July, September and October each year.
The bottom section of the churchyard is still classed as ‘open’ and St Day Parochial Church Council (PCC) is responsible for its maintenance but St Day Parish Council has for some years recognised the need to care for this section of the churchyard and therefore organises and pays for the grass in this section of the churchyard to be cut during the summer months. During the Spring and early Summer months especially the wild flowers in the churchyard are spectacular and grass cutting is kept to a minimum at these times to ensure we have similar displays in future years.
As this section of the churchyard is still ‘open’ burials may take place although there are no new plots available for purchase. Enquiries about burials here should be made to the Churchwardens.