Image © Bob Jones
Latitude: 50° 06'N
Longitude: 05° 12'W
About GweekGweek lies at the very top of the tidal Helford river and is a very old port. Boat building is still carried on today and there is a drilling-rig business centred here, but it is perhaps best known now for its famous seal sanctuary.
From here right down to the mouth of the Helford are many tidal creeks which offer good moorings and are very popular for boating.
Although Gweek became the medieval port for Helston, it was trading in tin as far back as 450BC. Later, charcoal was imported for smelting and by Tudor times it was a very active port, developing a busy coastal trade right up to the mid-19th century. This was mainly due to the increased tin and copper industries in the neighboring districts.
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