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Castle Entrance Gatepiers and Old Cobbler's Shop

A Grade II Listed Building in Tenby, Pembrokeshire

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Latitude: 51.6982 / 51°41'53"N

Longitude: -4.8278 / 4°49'40"W

OS Eastings: 204674

OS Northings: 203729

OS Grid: SN046037

Mapcode National: GBR GB.S0JY

Mapcode Global: VH2PJ.8KLZ

Plus Code: 9C3QM5XC+7V

Entry Name: Castle Entrance Gatepiers and Old Cobbler's Shop

Listing Date: 6 February 1997

Last Amended: 6 February 1997

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 18198

Building Class: Domestic

Location: At the entrance to Carew Castle, nearly opposite to the Carew Inn.

County: Pembrokeshire

Town: Tenby

Community: Carew (Caeriw)

Community: Carew

Locality: Carew Village

Traditional County: Pembrokeshire

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Probably both late C19. The 1865 O S map shows the path giving access to the Castle grounds from Carew village was already in its present position, and it is known that access was already restricted with locked gates. When P H Gosse visited in 1861 a local villager had to be sent for to bring the key. By the end of the century, however, it appears admissions had been organised on a more regular basis; a Guide of 1896 indicates that visitors were admitted at 3d a head. It is clear that the cobbler's shop, standing beside the access path with a porch facing it, was also the admissions kiosk. It is marked, complete with porch, on the 1907 O S Map.

Local recollections confirm that the building was used early in the present century by a local cobbler, David Phillips, who was also employed to control admissions to the Castle. Its original interior fittings do not survive. The building has been restored and is now used by the National Park Authority as a private office for the custodian of the Castle. It was recently re-roofed using slates from the nearby chapel.


Single-room building about 3.5 m square, of limestone rubble masonry, rendered. Roof of thin slates with roll-top ridge tiles. The roof is aligned N/S. A small window faces E to the street, and the door, with an open-fronted porch with a two centred arch, faces S to the access path.
Linked to the shop is a pair of gatepiers in hammer-dressed masonry with a single-stone weathered stone coping each side. The gates have been replaced.

Reasons for Listing

Listed for social history interest as village cobbler's shop and an interesting feature of early tourism and also for group value with the Castle and the village.

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Other nearby listed buildings

  • I The Carew Cross
    In Carew village, in a small roadside enclosure taken from Castle Green opposite the Carew Inn.
  • II Carew Inn
    At the junction of the village main street and the A4075. At the front are cast-iron railings on a high plinth wall of rubble masonry.
  • II No 1 & 2
    In Carew village, adjacent to the Carew Inn. There is a white-painted stone wall at the front with a slate coping and neat iron railings, and two large gate-piers.
  • II Old Stable Cottage
    In a mid position in the row attached at the E of the Carew Inn.
  • II Wesley Chapel
    In Carew village, at the E side of the road approaching Carew Bridge. The Chapel stands back from the road behind a high wall with gatepiers and wrought-iron gates.
  • II Castle Lodge
    In a mid position in the row attached at the E end of the Carew Inn. There is a later rubble-stone wall at the front with gatepiers and an iron gate.
  • II No. 5 Picton Terrace,,,Carew Village,Tenby,,SA70 8SL
    At the E end of the row which is attached to Carew Inn. Small forecourt with rubble masonry walls returning at the left to a wide gateway with stone piers.
  • II Telephone Call-box
    On the road-side, opposite Picton Terrace, in the centre of the village.

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