Charlestown Harbour, Cornwall

charlestown harbour, cornwall st Austell

Historic port of Charlestown is near St Austell in Cornwall, built to ship china clay, now a working museum, and the home to a number of four masted sailing shipsThe port is used extensively for TV and film shots that require "atmosphere" authentic backgrounds of a sailing port.

The port was developed by local landowner Charles Rashleigh (after whom it was named, Charlestown). It was built between 1790 and 1810.

A whole economy grew up around the harbour with boatbuilding, ropemaking, brickworks, lime burning businesses all flourishing, as well as net houses, bark houses and pilchard curing.

Over the years Charlestown has continued to thrive as a working port and even today some china clay is still exported (an average of 30-40 ships a year). In addition it has avoided being developed and remains in its original form.

The harbour is now also the home port for a collection of traditional "tall ships" which are used in films and are a particular attraction to the many who visit the port every year.

In one of the old china clay buildings is the Charlestown Shipwreck and Heritage Centre with exhibits recovered by divers from shipwrecks that have occured over hundreds of years

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