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Locations - Series 1
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Portwenn Online
A Magical Cornish Village
Doc Martin is
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On this page:  Series 1 Locations Used Throughout the Series:
Police Station
Crab & Lobster
Roger Fenn's house
Radio Portwenn
Chemist
Bert's House on lake
Cronk house
Other Locations Used in Individual Episodes During Series 1:
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Links to location websites in green
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Roger Fenn's house
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In Episode 6, Martin decides (incorrectly) that
Roger is the one who told the village about his
blood issue.  He drives to his house to confront
him and finds Roger outside working on his truck.
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Police Station
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The Police Station moved around the village and was located
in a different location each time for Series 1, 2, 3 & 4 - until it
finally found a seemingly permanent location in series 5.

In Series 1 it was located near the top of Fore Street just
before the road heads away from the harbour.  There is a
row of cottages called "Canadian Terrace" and they used
the cottage at the north end of the row.  This cottage is
called "Nyver Onen" and just next door is a small tea shop.

We saw the Police Station in E1 when Martin marched the
dog there to turn over to Mark after it kept getting inside
the Surgery.  In E4, Martin knocked at the door looking for
Mark on the night of the Portwenn Players Dance. We also
saw Mark changing the tire on his police vehicle parked right
across the road from the cottage in E5 when Martin stopped
to talk to him about  Melanie.
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Below is a map showing the locations of all of the Police
Stations from Series 1 to Series 5.  The #5 location was also
used in Series 6 & Series 7.
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Episode 1

You can see that they used the interior of that
cottage in the 3rd screenshot.  The short wall just
ourside the door and the windows of the cottage
across the road are clearly visible.
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Episode 4

Martin knocks on the door looking for Mark.  
When he gets no response, he walks around the
corner to the hall where the dance is being held.
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Episode 5

Mark is changing the tire of the police vehicle
parked right across from the police station when
Martin walks up to talk to him about Melanie.
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Crab & Lobster
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The local pub in the village is called "Crab & Lobster".  In most series the local pub in Port Isaac called "The Golden
Lion" is where the pub scenes are filmed.

We often see people enter the pub through a passageway on The Platt just to the left of the restaurant "The Mote".  
That passageway leads to a private residence, and it also leads to an outdoor patio behind The Golden Lion.  But the
entrances to the pub are actually all the way around the corner on Fore Street.

In Series 2 and Series 4 they used two other pubs in other villages in Cornwall for the pub interiors.  See the pages
for Main S2 and Main S4 Locations for the details.
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Episode 1

Martin meets Susan Brading in the pub and they
sit in front of the doors that lead to the outdoor
balcony.  Gilbert and Ross arrive and Martin is
accidentally punched in the nose.
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Episode 3

At the end of the episode, Martin and Louisa
arrive in the pub for their date.  Martin goes out
to the balcony to find them a table and is waylaid
by Mark.

Note:  In this episode, you see them walk into the
pub through a door just inside the passageway.  
This is actually the door to a holiday rental called
"Tides Reach".
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Episode 5

There are 3 scenes filmed in the pub during this
episode.  The first one is Elaine having lunch at
the bar.  Al walks in and they discuss music.

Later, Aunt Joan walks in looking for John and
finds him sitting in the corner booth surrounded
by women listenting to his stories.

Much later, Aunt Joan rushes into the pub to see
John and finds him sitting at a table on the
balcony.  While sitting there he tells her he is
leaving without her.
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Episode 6

There are 3 scenes filmed in the pub during this
episode.  The first one is Louisa sitting at the bar
while Martin is annoying a sunbather just
outside.  See the location page for E6 for more
details about the clever editing of this scene.

Martin rushes to the pub to attend to Bert's fake
injury.

Later, we see the pub occupants listening to the
gossip about Martin on the radio, but seem to feel
bad about their stunt after they hear Martin call
into the station.
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You often see people entering the pub through
the passageway from The Platt.  See the inset of
Martin below and the arrow painting to the
entrance.  

The actual interior scenes and balcony scenes
are shot in The Golden Lion (building is outlined
in red).  In the picture on the right you can see
the entrances to the pub on Fore Street.
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Below are some shots of the interior of The Golden Lion.  You can match them up to the screenshots above.

Note that the colorful "Crab & Lobster" sign at the entrance to the passageway was not there in 2004 when Series 1
was shot.  It didn't actually appear in the series until the first episode of Series 4, shot in 2009.
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This is the side bar area where Louisa
was filmed reading the newspaper in
the first scene of S1E6.
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In Episode 2, Martin drives out to Roger Fenn's house to give him his diagnosis.
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Roger's house is just south of the small village of Trevalga, which is just
west of Boscastle.  This is now a private home, but it was originally a
Methodist Chapel called Trevalga Chapel.
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Radio Portwenn
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Episode 3 begins with Martin being interviewed (and introduced to the village) on Radio Portwenn.
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Radio Portwenn also appears in Episode 6 when Caroline lets the entire
village in on the gossip that Martin has an issue with blood.
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I especially enjoy this shot because in the
distance you can see the house that is used in
S2E1 as the Rix house and in S6E2 as the house
that Dennis Dodd has under construction.
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Radio Portwenn was located in the Headlands
Hotel, which is just the other side of the harbour
in Port Gavern.

This property was originally a large home that
was turned into a hotel in the early 1900s.  Sadly,
it closed around 2011 and has been boarded up
since.  Redevelopment plans are still up in the
air, but there remains the possibility that the
structure may eventually be razed.

While still open, this building was used in three
subsequent series.  In S2E4 it was again used as
the location of Radio Portwenn.  In S3E4 it was the
Wilson Hotel featuring Carrie Wilson, Edward
Melville (Aunt Joan's boy toy), and Joe Penhale.  
In S4E3 (filmed in 2009) it became the restaurant
where Martin and Edith shared a meal and she
recited the poem he wrote for her many years ago.
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When you are standing at the top of New Road
near the petrol station/garage you can see the
Headlands Hotel in the distance.
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Headlands Hotel is circled in red
and the house you can see in the
screenshot above (used in S2E1
and S6E2) is circled in yellow.
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Chemist
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In Series 1 the only scene in the Chemist is in Episode 3
when Martin meets Mrs Tishell and asks if she has
noticed an increase in demand for diarrhea remedies.

The chemist in Series 1 is located on Fore Street
at the corner of Back Hill - right across the road from the
Old School Hotel.  At the time of filming, the building
housed a gift shop, and is currently an ice cream shop
(#1 on map below).

For Series 2 and Series 3 the chemist moved to a cottage
called "Little Dolphins" located at the corner of Middle
Street and Dolphin Street (#2 on map below).

Starting in Series 4, and continuing through at
least Series 8, the chemist is housed in a shop called
"The Buttermilk Shop" which is located at the bottom of
Church Hill, right on the harbourfront (#3 on map below).

In every series, the interiors were shot in the same
buildings that were used for the exteriors
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Bert's house on lake
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In Episode 3, Martin goes to see Bert because he
suspects his bottled water is the cause of the illness in
the village.  We see the house sitting along a lake.  Martin
finds Bert at the barn and follows him inside the barn.  It
appears that this was filmed in the barn on this property.  
After their talk, they walk over to where Al is staying in
the camper and you can see that it's across the lake from
the house.
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In Episode 5 there is another scene at the house on the lake.  We see an establishing shot, but the whole scene is
filmed indoors.  There's really no way to know where this was filmed since you can't see anything through the window.
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Bert's house sits on a small lake called "Dozmary Pool".  
It's right next to the second largest lake in Cornwall
(Colliford Lake) and is about 20 miles southeast of Port
Isaac.

Legend says that King Arthur rowed to the middle of
Dozmary Pool and received the sword Excalibur and that
the sword was returned to the lake by Sir Bedivere.
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As you can see in these pictures, the
barn has been enlarged and
modernized and turned into a holiday
let called "Dozmary Pool Barn".
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Cronk house
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In Series 1, Peter Cronk and his mother, Joy, live in
a house near the top of Fore St - right after it turns
to the right away from the harbour.  In Episode 4,
when Louisa knocks on the back door to check on
Peter, you can see through the cottage and through
the front window to the building across the road.  In
the two scenes filmed in Peter's bedroom you can
get a better view of the building across the road
and it matches up to the street view.
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In Episode 6, Louisa and Martin rush to the house
after Louisa receives a call from Peter's mother.  
We get views of the back of the house and the
kitchen.  These match the Google Street View and
the kitchen matches the one on the website for
this cottage.
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This cottage is called "Samphire" and is
a holiday rental.
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Radio Portwenn has had several homes.  
In Series 1 and Series 2 it was located in
the Headlands Hotel just outside of Port
Gaverne.

The next time the radio station was part of
the storyline was not until Series 6.  By
that time the Headlands Hotel had closed
and was boarded up so they moved to the
upstairs of a restaurant at the top of the
village called "The Edge".  That building
now houses the 2nd location of Outlaw's
Fish Kitchen in the village.

For Series 7 they moved again, this time
back to Port Gaverne to a small building
right on the harbour.  This is the same
building that was used as Al's fixer-upper
house in Series 2.  If they use the station
in the story again it will have to find yet
another home, because during the
filming of Series 8 in 2017 the building
was razed - apparently to make way for a
new restaurant.
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