Continuing our journey / meditation along the South-West Coast Path, Cornwall U.K.
Video includes :
Though privately owned by the Menabilly Estate, Polkerris Beach is open to the public at all times. A number of waterspots are taught there by the Polkerris Beach Company.
- Par Harbour and China Clay Works
Par harbour was originally constructed in 1829 by Joseph Thomas Treffry to compete against Charlestown to serve the copper industry. On decline of the copper industry the china clay industries grew and used the port to export china clay. Until recently china clay was piped to the harbour in slurry form and dried in the large sheds (driers) before being exported. The harbour closed in 2008 and plans are proposed to build a new marina and residential area.
- The Statue at Par
Is one of three statues on the clay trail paths in Cornwall which depict images connected with the china clay industry.
The statue at Par was designed by Davis Paton following a workshop which involved young people from the local youth club. Carved from sandstone, it focuses on the impact of china clay products in our our daily lives, eg the use of china clay in the production of many items we use daily.
After the beach at Par we made our way inland through the village of Par and rejoined the coast path on the west side of the harbour at Spit Beach. (At present there is no public right of way via Par harbour).
- Carylon Bay
A beautiful beach area at present sadly marred by building works. Planning permission is currently in place for a large residential/commercial development but it is constantly being stalled by the developers and the illegal placement of a sea wall. Sadly public access is now restricted.
The harbour village of Charlestown was a Georgian 'new town', a port development planned by local landowner Charles Rashleigh (after whom it was named) and built between 1790 and 1810 for the export of copper and china clay.
It has survived as a working port and a small amount of china clay is still exported, but today it is more well known as a film location due to the magnificant three square-rigged sailing ships which are moored in the harbour.
Charlestown and its original Grade II Listed Harbour, has largely escaped development and remains one of the finest and most fascinating places on the Cornish coast. Now part of a World Heritage Site, it attracts many visitors each year. (see also our video 'Charlestown' on CCArtsNow channel).
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