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This village is at the head of the Helford River, three miles from Helston and is a gateway to the Lizard. Originally a port visited by Romans traders, from the 14th-century it was a busy port, where timber, coal, lime and other cargoes were exchanged for tin and produce from local farms. In the 19th century thousands of Cornish emigrants, bound for North America, embarked there. Gweek is now probably most well known for its popular attraction, the Seal Sanctuary.