Charles Rashleigh rears his head again at Polkerris, with yet another pub named after him, in fact this little hamlet forms part of the Rashleigh Estate, which also includes Menabilly House, which was occupied for a time by the author Daphne du Maurier. Polkerris is a tiny sandy cove on the east coast of St Austell Bay. The fishing industry here dates back to at least the age of the Stuarts, when a building known as the “fish palace” was built here, while at one time the fish cellars in this place were the largest on the South Coast. As with so many such places, smuggling was rife at one time, so much so that the coast around here was patrolled by an outfit named the Preventative Service whose mission was to discourage smuggling. There are a number of watersports available here, such as windsurfing and sailing.
Map of the area.
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