Thursday, 24 September 2015
Treasures of Britain; Cornish Coast in Poldark
The BBC adaptation of Winston Graham’s Poldark novels was filmed at many coastal places we look after in Cornwall. The sweeping tale of 18th-century romance, shipwrecks and tin mining made use of dramatic locations including Botallack Mine.
The story follows the return of Ross Poldark, played by Aidan Turner, from the American War of Independence. Finding his Cornwall family home in ruins and his former sweetheart engaged to his cousin, he works to resurrect his fortunes and develops a new love interest.
Spectacular backdrops for filming
The breathtaking and rugged Cornish coastline and its mining heritage which we care for proved the ideal backdrop for filming Poldark, with much of the action taking place outdoors. Thanks to the income generated by location fees we’ll be able to continue caring for this stunning landscape.
A gripping late night shipwreck scene was filmed on the sandy beach of Church Cove, Gunwalloe, on the Lizard Peninsula. The shoot, which featured Aidan Turner and dozens of extras, involved carefully lighting real fires and torches on the beach.
Shining a light on Cornwall’s mining heritage
The engine houses perched on the cliff edge at St Agnes Head shown in the series give a sense of the scale of Cornwall’s former mining industry. This stretch of the north Cornwall coast was used to represent the Nampara Valley, part of Poldark’s family estate.
The perilously perched Botallack Mine near St Just doubles up as Wheal Leisure, the family mine Poldark tries to resurrect to bring prosperity back to the local area, and Levant Mine plays the role of Tressiders Rolling Mill, where copper extracted from the mine is processed. Both mines are part of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site.
Coastal locations bring story to life for Poldark cast
Such inspiring coastal locations had an impact on the Poldark cast. ‘So much of the piece came alive when we were filming in Cornwall and everyone found their character in the outdoors,’ said Eleanor Tomlinson, who plays Demelza Carne, Poldark’s love interest.
‘Demelza is very connected to the landscape,’ added Eleanor. ‘I also love the countryside and just enjoyed exploring all the different coves and beaches and the endless beautiful blue water, it was so gorgeous. It is such a peaceful and relaxing place.’
Cornwall with it's lovely coast is still on my list (long long list)