Charlestown Beach, St Austell

St Austell, Cornwall, England, UK

Charlestown is an unspoilt example of a late Georgian working port, still being used today. Constructed between 1791 and 1801 by Charles Rashleigh, a member of the local landowning family, in reponse to the growth of the local mining industry. Originally built to export copper and import coal, it was soon being used for the export of China Clay.

The port remains unspoilt and retains much of its Georgian character. This unique combination has lead to Charlestown being a popular location for film and television locations, and to some extent this has probably helpen subsidise its existence and prevent development. Credits include Poldark, Hornblower, Mansfield Park and many more.

As well as being a harbour location Charlestown capitalises on it's past by harbouring a fleet of square riggers ships. There are usually at least one of these magnificent ships in the harbour. The Shipwreck, Rescue and Heritage Centre is located in one of the old China Clay buildings and centre contains a number of exhibits relating to Charlestown's maratime past along with more general shipwreck salvage from Cornwall's coast.

To either side of the harbour entrance are two pebble beaches.


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