Poldark is back…here’s our romp through Cornwall to help get you in the mood!
Take a stroll along the National Trust South West Coast path at St Just to experience the historic mines of Levant and Botallack, used by the BBC for Ross Poldark’s Wheal Leisure (photo taken from the NT website). Levant has a working beam engine and tunnels to explore. Nearby Geevor tin mine was in use until 1990 and amongst its many attractions you can explore the Mexico mine, try your hand at panning for precious metals and enjoy the interactive displays in the Hard Rock museum.
The historic town of Charlestown, near St Austell, stands in for Truro in the series. The harbour is Grade II listed and the original tall ships provide a beautiful backdrop to Verity’s romance with Captain Blamey. As well as strolling around the picturesque harbour you can visit the Charlestown Shipwreck and Heritage Centre which houses fascinating artefacts from shipwrecks and a disused clay tunnel which leads to a spectacular viewing gallery (shown in the photo, above, which was taken from their website).
In all the furore over the BBC series, let’s not forget that it’s based on the original novels by Winston Graham. His inspiration for the Poldark estate was Trerice House, a National Trust property near Newquay. This small, tranquil Elizabethan manor is well worth a visit. Stroll around the immaculate gardens and then treat yourself to tea and a slice of cake in the beautiful Barn cafe.
We have some tactile works of art which capture the natural beauty of Cornwall. Our Touch to See Book Club A Great Catch features two paintings of fishermen at work, ‘The Fisherman’ by Henry Scott Tuke and ‘A Fish Sale’ by Stanhope A Forbes.
We also have another piece by Forbes, ‘The Harbour Window’ which is in our book of Works of Art from the Royal Academy. Why not borrow them from our free online library.