Charlestown, Cornwall

Historical Description

Charlestown (formerly called West Polmear), a small seaport about 1½ mile SE of St Austell, Cornwall. There is a post, money order, and telegraph office under St Austell. Population, 2808. It was founded towards the close of last century by Charles Rashleigh, Esq., who lived at Duporth. There is a harbour and small dock, and an export trade in lime, china-clay, and other mineral produce is carried on. Charlestown was formed into an ecclesiastical district under the Peel Act in 1849. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Truro; value, about £160. Patron, alternately the Bishop and the Crown. The church, dedicated to St Paul, is very pretty.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


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Ancient County Cornwall
Hundred Powder
Poor Law union St. Austell

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RegionSouth West
Postal districtPL25
Post TownSt. Austell