Poldark is a series of books that were published in the mid 1940’s to early 1950’s, and then later became a famous TV series. This TV series in case you are unfamiliar with it (as I was) takes place in the beautiful land of Cornwall. Thanks to the help of this series people visit Cornwall not only to see its beauty, but also to visit a town by the name of Charlestown. Charlestown is much as it was, which makes it ideal for films to do shootings there for old time harbor scenes. Those old time movie sets can not only use the harbor, but the old homes as a backdrop because the town again has stayed much as it once was.
Charlestown has an incredibly interesting history, and if you want to make the most of it I would highly recommend visiting the Shipwreck Museum. If you get a coupon, you can go in for less than £5 per person, and is no small museum! It has pieces from the Titanic to shipwrecks right off of England. In fact the prop used in the Titanic film, the Heart of the Ocean, is there (and if you want one you can buy one in the gift shop). One of the most impressive things I learned was that sometimes the weather would be so bad that ships would be right by the harbor, but unable to enter into Charlestown and they would die right off the shore because they ran out of supplies. It makes you appreciate the age we live in just a little bit more! As a fun fact Charlestown became what it was because of Charles Rashleigh and his devotion to the village helped it to flourish, but he did not allow it to be exploited. Thus later when planning permission was requested to build more homes it not only was denied, but it allowed the town to stay as it once was.
Now in Poldark their is another element touched upon, Cornish mines. Cornwall itself is littered with old tin mines. In some ways it is a bit sad because you can see them wasting away as very few are in usage; however, it also has a strange sense of beauty because they are not only a great part of the story of Cornwall, but what allowed Cornwall to thrive beyond fishing. I had the pleasure of visiting two mines, and while these mines are boarded up I have met plenty of Cornish people whom have visited inside mines when they were younger. I have had them described to me as incredibly spooky, filled with bats, and reeking. This probably adds to the idea of Cornwall having many haunted places, from Bodmin Jail to the all famous Jamaica Inn (both of which merit a trip to see there spooky past).