St James' Day

St James' Day

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St James’ Day is another historic St Ives event, and started due to the will of former mayor John Knill. John was a popular man in St Ives, and when he died in 1811 he requested that his memory be celebrated every 5 years with St James’ Day.

Knill Steeple, which still stands high on a hill in St Ives, was originally meant to be John’s mausoleum – but the idea never came to light due to difficulty consecrating the building. Instead, he was buried in Holborn, but residents of St Ives still perform a dance around the monument on the day.

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