John Knill Celebrations

John Knill Celebrations

The ceremony was first held in 1801, overseen by John Knill himself and follows the form set out in his Will of  1797.  Knill appointed three Trustees (the Customs Officer, Vicar and Mayor) to ensure that the memorial ceremony be carried out every 5 years.  The Will calls for a fiddler to lead dancing around the Knill Steeple, a landmark in St Ives, with the dancers to be 10 girls, all under 10 years and the daughters of fishermen, seamen or tinners.  The girls are always accompanied by two widows, the widows of fishermen, seamen or tinners.  The Trustees fulfilled their duty in ensuring that the ceremony took place, organised on behalf of the Trustees by St Ives Town Council.

45th John Knill Ceremony – Monday 26th July 2021
The John Knill Ceremony is held every 5 years and was first held in 1801. This year it will take place on Monday 26 July 2021. The local community have helped to preserve this old St Ives ceremony for over 200 years and so the Knill Trustees (The Mayor, Customs Officer and the Vicar) look forward to another memorable celebration.

10.30 am            The ceremony begins at the Guildhall Forecourt, Street an Pol, St Ives
10.50 am            The official party will form up for the processional walk to the Malakoff via Street an Pol, St Andrew’s Street, High Street, Tregenna Place, Tregenna Hill and Fernlea Terrace.
11.15 am            The official party are transported near to the Steeple, then proceed to walk to the Steeple.
12.00 noon        The ceremony continues at the Knill Monument, Steeple.
12.30 pm            The ceremony ends

Previous celebrations:
2011