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Charlestown is a village and port on the south coast of Cornwall, England, United Kingdom, in the parish of St Austell Bay.

The port at Charlestown developed from what was in the late 18th century the fishing village of West Polmear. Prior to the building of the harbour trading vessels landed and loaded on the beach.

It was developed in the Georgian era (specifically from 1790 when work on building an outer quay began to 1799 when the first dock gates were erected) as a new town, and named after local landowner Charles Rashleigh who had a hand in its design.

Following the death of Charles Rashleigh in 1823 the fate of Charlestown was caught up in the financial problems of Rashleigh's estate.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.

Upcoming Events

Regatta Week - Saturday 27 July 2019 to Friday 02 August 2019

Charlestown Regatta Week

A great regatta in a great location

Regatta week is an annual tradition bringing together the local community, residents and visitors alike, to enjoy a variety of live music, competitions, pasty demonstrations, raft races, water sports and classic favourites such as the Children’s sports, Grand Carnival and flora dance procession. 

Charlestown is one of Cornwall’s most photogenic villages due to the magnificent Georgian harbour – which takes centre stage, against the backdrop of the village, in the annual Regatta Week celebrations. 

Organised by a team of volunteers, Charlestown Regatta week aims to blend well known traditions with contemporary events - but crucially also serves to fundraise in support of local community projects and charities. 

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Charlestown Regatta Week
Harbour and Regatta Field
St Austell
PL25 3NX