Charlestown is situated on the outskirts of St. Austell on the south coast of Cornwall and is an unspoilt, Grade II Listed Harbour. The Harbour was originally built to export copper and import coal and was soon being used for the export of China Clay.

The port remains unspoiled and retains much of its Georgian character. This unique combination has lead to Charlestown being a popular location for film and television locations


Charlestown grew out of a small fishing village called West Polmear which consisted of a few cottages and three cellars, in which the catch of pilchards were processed. The population amounted to nine fishermen and their families in 1790.

The ports development was planned by local landowner Charles Rashleigh and built between 1790 and 1810 for the export of copper and china clay.