Where was Poldark filmed? – 2015 Remake Filming Locations. Starring Aiden Turner as Captain Ross, Poldark returns to BBC One this March with a new eight-part series.
Key Poldark Filming Locations Summary
Ross’s Uncle’s and the Poldark family home, Trenwith – Chavenage House, Gloucestershire. Ross Poldark’s cottage, Nampara (exterior) – Bodmin Moor, Cornwall. Poldark mines and engine house – St Agnes Head, Cornwall. Truro town/market scenes – Corsham high street, Wiltshire. Coastal cliff-edge scenes – Camel Estuary and Tregirls beach, Padstow, Cornwall.
Where is Poldark set?
Taking place during the late 18th century, the story is set in England’s western most county, Cornwall. Season 1 of the Poldark remake has been adapted from the first and second parts in Winston Graham’s series of novels.
Where was the new Poldark being filmed?
Getting underway in early May, 2014, BBC One’s new 2015 remake of Poldark used filming locations in the English counties of Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and of course the home of Poldark, Cornwall.
Shooting for the BBC drama began in Corsham, where production teams and actors took over the high street of this historic Wiltshire town. According to the shows producers, Truro in Cornwall was not used to film these scenes due to its centres appearance having been modernised too much. Apparently Burger King restaurants didn’t exist back in 1783. Despite the BBC having been accused in the past of historical inaccuracies, 18th century fast food outlets, pound shops and mobile phone stores would probably be pushing it.
Though still needing a fair amount of cosmetic alterations, Corsham appeared to fit the bill better for these Poldark town scenes. To judge for yourself just how much work went into taking this location back to the 1780’s, here you can explore the modern day Corsham high street using Google Street View:
Another town used to recreate an era-appropriate Truro was the Cornish village of Charlestown, near St Austell. Featuring its very own Grade II Listed harbour and home to some stunning Tall Ships, the site provided an ideal filming location.
According to Visit Cornwall, Gunwalloe Church Cove beach was used to film a night-time shipwreck scene. Meanwhile, many of the shows other outdoor scenes, including the exterior of Ross Poldark’s cottage, were shot on the famous Bodmin Moor.
Another key area for filming was the sites of the old tin mine engine houses situated on the cliff edge of Cornwall’s north-west coast at St Agnes Head.
Another location where the 2015 series of Poldark was filmed was Padstow in Cornwall which was used for many of the spectacular coastal cliff-edge scenes. The Radio Times also reports that Chavenage House, which is situated just north of Tetbury in the Cotswolds region of Gloucestershire, took on the role of the Poldark family home Trenwith.
Starting in early March 2015 on BBC One, the new series of Poldark stars Irish actor Aidan Turner as Captin Ross Poldark and Eleanor Tomlinson as Demelza. Talking about filming the series, Turner told the BBC: “We filmed at so many gorgeous locations but the weather really made it work. People know Poldark so well down there and are proud of it so we were welcomed all the time.”