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The harbour village of Charlestown was a Georgian ‘new town’, a port development planned and built between 1790 and 1810 for the export of copper and china clay.

Throughout the nineteenth century the little dock was packed with ships and the harbourside sheds and warehouses thronged with complementary businesses: boatbuilding, ropemaking, brickworks, lime burning, net houses, bark houses and pilchard curing. Now host to over 100 Hollywood films and popular TV series which have been filmed at Charlestown from Alice in Wonderland and Bait to Dr Who and Poldark.