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The Round House

A Grade II Listed Building in St Davids, Pembrokeshire

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Latitude: 51.8832 / 51°52'59"N

Longitude: -5.2651 / 5°15'54"W

OS Eastings: 175382

OS Northings: 225558

OS Grid: SM753255

Mapcode National: GBR C5.RJPP

Mapcode Global: VH0TD.PXDP

Plus Code: 9C3PVPMM+7W

Entry Name: The Round House

Listing Date: 28 July 1992

Last Amended: 28 July 1992

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 12656

Building Class: Domestic

ID on this website: 300012656

Location: Approached uphill from Quickwell Hill by drive passing between Nos 10-12 and the former Board School.

County: Pembrokeshire

Community: St. David's and the Cathedral Close (TÅ·ddewi a Chlos y Gadeirlan)

Community: St. David's

Built-Up Area: St Davids

Traditional County: Pembrokeshire

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Circa 1965 by James Gowan of the Stirling and Gowan architectural partnership. Built for E W Parke, Professor of Engineering at Leicester University for whom Stirling and Gowan designed the internationally-famous Engineering Building at the University in 1959. Plans for the Round House were submitted 1964, refused, and allowed on appeal 1965.


Holiday house of circular plan in white-painted rendered brick with flat parapetted roof. Two storeys, circular plan, with triple metal casements, five to each floor, and in sixth position an attached circular entrance and stair tower rising above parapet for roof access. Sunk bands at sill and window head levels. Metal-framed glazed door at foot of stair tower.


Open plan ground floor interior with central pillar and one quadrant curved concrete divider (not extending as far as ceiling) with kitchen shelving on convex side, bookshelves on concave side.

Reasons for Listing

One of the very few frankly modern houses in west Wales and important in the later development of the International Modern style in Britain. In the appeal submission the flat roof was said to have the additional purpose of facilitating the testing of structural materials against salt air for Professor Parke's researches.

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