Black and White Sunday: Charlestown

A port built around 1791 by Charles Rashleigh to service the then thriving fishing and China Clay trades. Upon completion, Charlestown was a model Georgian “new town”. By the 19th Century various associated businesses were established in sheds and warehouses around the harbour such as pilchard curing, shipbuilding, brick making and lime burning, and the population exploded to close on 3,000. Many attractive period properties sprung up in the village, ranging from elegant Georgian houses to squat fisherman’s cottages.

The harbour hasn’t changed much. The houses are still as they were when they were originally built. However, gradually over time these trades slowly declined and the harbour was hardly used by the early 1990s.

The port has featured in many films and TV programmes including Poldark and you can often see tall ships moored in the harbour. The village is also home to the Shipwreck, Rescue and Heritage Centre. Located in one of the old China Clay buildings, the centre contains a number of exhibits relating to Charlestown’s maritime past along with more general shipwreck salvage from Cornwall’s coast.

And if you would like to see more Traces of the Past images then please visit Paula.

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32 thoughts on “Black and White Sunday: Charlestown

  1. I’ve never even heard of Charlestown! Thought it must be in the Boston area. Big black mark for the ignoramus 🙂 🙂 Fabulous treatment of the shot, Jude. I would have this on my wall.

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    1. It is only a small harbour near St Austell. We visited a couple of years ago in really stormy weather and had a good lunch at the Rashleigh Arms. We did look at a house for sale there too, but it was too small.

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      1. Which reminds me- has OH had his birthday lunch yet? 🙂 🙂 I was planning a couple of days in Northumberland for Mick’s birthday next month, but somehow we ended up booking a week in the Algarve 🙂 His choice!

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      2. Today. Sun shining, wind calmed down. Causeway open at 12:25 so we are off to the island (after a quick drop-off at the tip) for the afternoon. Crab sandwiches here we come…

        Algarve in July?? Won’t it be baking hot? Or are you people who love that sort of heat? I’m not so keen, but my daughter loves it.

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      3. Too hot for me but he loves it cos he only wants to lie on a beach. I’ll have to suffer. His treat! Enjoy your lunch! I’m off to meet a friend in our marina while himself works xx

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      4. You’ll have to sit under a parasol, reading a book and sipping G&Ts. We had a lovely day, sun still shining and not a cloud in the sky! St Michael’s Mount was heaving though!

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