With the very popular TV series ‘Poldark‘ due to be gracing our screens on BBC One on the weekend, the history of 18th century Cornwall will enter the world of prime time television. Here is a look at the lovely locations where parts of the series have previously been filmed.
First being written in 1945, Poldark is a series of novels written by Winston Graham. The stories cover a time period ranging from 1783 all the way up to 1820 with a focus upon Ross Poldark. He is a man returning from the American Revolutionary War to find that his life at home has been turned upside down!
What you might not know about the author, Winston Graham, is that the majority of his writing was done whilst he lived in Perranporth, which is precisely where you will find Perran Sands Holiday Park! Graham said that whilst living in Perranporth much of his writing was inspired by the landscape and people around him.
There is also a rich history of mining in the area especially around St.Agnes as there is a large amount of uniquely high quality tin. Nowadays, St. Agnes is the only production centre for tin in the UK.
Now that we know more about the back story, let’s have a look at some of the fantastic places in Cornwall you could go visit to discover more of the history around Poldark and see some familiar scenery. The lovely people over at Visit Cornwall have brought together the key places where the filming took place.
St Agnes Head
Distance from Perran Sands: 15 mins
With the Wheal Cotes Tin Mine sitting serenely on the cliff edge, this is a strong reminder of the rich mining heritage based in Cornwall.
Distance from Perran Sands: 21 mins
Also know as the capital of Cornwall, this city was also the location for the premiere of the series!
Distance from Perran Sands: 47 mins
A large amount of filming took place on Bodmin Moor as the landscape and scenery provided the perfect setting for intense and dramatic scenes.
Gunwalloe Church Cove
Distance from Perran Sands: 50 mins
Sitting on the Lizard Peninsula in South West Cornwall this sandy beach was the setting for the night time ship wrecking scene you see in the TV series! In the light of day, over looked by the Church of St Wynwallow, this area is dramatic in a different way and is a perfect retreat for families.