t h e v i l l a g e o f c h a r l e s t o w n
the WHO, the world heritage organisation says
charlestown is the best preserved china clay and copper
georgian port in the world, with fine examples of vernacular architecture,
nearly all buildings listed grade II and a picturesque harbour,
it remains relatively unspoilt to this day.
built in the late 1700s the tiny harbour village of charlestown
is largely unchanged and has beengranted UNESCO world heritage status
the beaches either side of the quay are so close a toddler can make it
charlestown is approximately 10 minutes from both the eden project
and the lost gardens of heligan. it is also ideally situated for visiting the maritime museum in falmouth, the tate at st ives, and of course, padstow.
the airport at newquay and our closest surfing beach,
watergate bay, are both a 35 minute drive
and it is a 10 minute taxi ride from the main line train station.
It is an easy stroll over the quay's lock gate to the restaurant, the pub,
the wine bar, the deli, the cafe, the museum, the antiques shop
and it is a 10 minute walk to the supermarket.
david and antonia have sensitively restored
from the ground up
the sea cabin and the studio
the cottage and olivias cottage
blossom cottage and marine villa
self to fully catered with
great grub and spa at home
and on a stormy night
the waves might just lull you to sleep
a little bit of history
in the 1750's, the royal society recommended
smeaton to build a lighthouse for the
eddystone rocks, the fearsome
submerged rocks off plymouth
smeaton put granite blocks together using
dovetail joints and marble dowels and
rediscovered the use of hydraulic lime,
a form of concrete that sets under water,
last used by the romans
in the 1780's, when charles rashleigh wanted
to build a harbour in the tiny fishing village
of polmear for the export of copper
he asked smeaton
smeaton used the same construction
techniques for charlestown harbour's cats paw
at the end of the harbour arm
the harbour was finished in the 1790's,
the villagers asked if they could rename
the village charles' town.
charlestown was granted
UNESCO world heritage status in 2006 by the
united nations educational scientific cultural organisation
due to its outstanding universal value.
charlestown is the best preserved georgian harbour
designed for the export of minerals in the world.
if you would like to learn more about
the history of charlestown
lyndon is now doing wonderful guided tours
+44 (0) 7971 889 106
I spotted this in the BBC today
rick steins cornwall, series 1 episode 10
how did I not see it before, beautiful.
and this is what the BBC
and archaeologist ben robinson said
and if you really want to go to town
this is a list of the films that
were filmed here
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