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Thursday, 9 April 2015

Did you know? 10 Poldark facts!

Based on Winston Graham’s acclaimed novels set in Cornwall in the 18th Century, Poldark tells the story of Ross Poldark, an Army officer who returns to England after fighting in the American War of Independence to discover that his fiancee Elizabeth had believed him dead and has since married his cousin. Poldark then marries his maid, Demelza but is forever torn between the two women.

Here are our 10 little known facts...

1. Trerice House, near Newquay was Winston Graham’s inspiration for the estate that features in Poldark.

2. Porthgwarra, which can be seen later in the series, is part of the St Aubyn Estate.

3. Winston Graham lived in Perranporth – you can now sit on a memorial seat at the site where he wrote the first two novels.

4. Charlestown with its Grade II Listed harbour complete with Tall Ships is a popular film location, as well as Poldark it starred in Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland and Dr Who.

5. Aidan Turner (Ross) and Eleanor Tomlinson (Demelza) stayed at Retallack Resort & Spa while filming.

6. Hallagenna Riding and Cottage Holidays provided stabling and accommodation for the stunt riders and horses while filming on the moors – try their new Poldark Trail.

7. Levant Mine plays the role of the fictional Tressiders Rolling Mill while Owles and Crowns near Botallack stars as Wheal Leisure.

8. Demelza is a Cornish girls name with the meaning ‘fort on the hill’.

9. Most of the new Poldark series was filmed in Cornwall during the summer of 2014.

10. Winston Graham wrote 12 Poldark novels, the March/April 2015 series will cover the first two.



You could watch Poldark ....or if you want a slightly different view of Cornwall (and some other places) then take a look at these fantastic photographs by Paul Michelmore . How many can you spot which were taken at Lower Treave?

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