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Lawrenny Quay

A Grade II Listed Building in Martletwy, Pembrokeshire

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Latitude: 51.7184 / 51°43'6"N

Longitude: -4.8801 / 4°52'48"W

OS Eastings: 201152

OS Northings: 206114

OS Grid: SN011061

Mapcode National: GBR G9.8YHX

Mapcode Global: VH1S1.C2GH

Plus Code: 9C3QP499+9X

Entry Name: Lawrenny Quay

Listing Date: 11 November 1997

Last Amended: 11 November 1997

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 19021

Building Class: Transport

Location: On the N shore of the Cresswell River estuary 1 km S of Lawrenny village.

County: Pembrokeshire

Community: Martletwy

Community: Martletwy

Locality: Lawrenny

Traditional County: Pembrokeshire

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A quay which came into use as Cresswell Quay proved to be inaccessible for larger ships in the later C18. Lighters then carried coal down from Cresswell to Lawrenny Quay for transfer into sea-going vessels, which could lie there in three fathoms (5.4 m) even at low water. It performed a similar function for limestone brought from the West Williamston quarries. It was also a landing place for the ferries across the Daugleddau and the Carew River.


A quay wall about 200 m in length, straight apart from an offset towards the E end, faced in local hammer-dressed limestone in irregular courses. At the top there is no parapet; the wall thickness at top is about 1 m. The top of the wall is consolidated in concrete. At the centre of the quay face there remain a group of ten vertical rubbing timbers fastened to the wall.

Reasons for Listing

Listed as an unusual survival of an C18 quay, having industrial archaeology interest for the trans-shipping of coal and limestone.

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Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Limekiln
    About 2 km N of Cosheston Village, at the right side of the road approaching Ferry House and about 100 m from the shore of the estuary.
  • II* Church of St Caradoc
    At the W of Lawrenny village, at the entrance to the grounds of the former Lawrenny Castle.
  • II St Caradoc Churchyard Gateway
    At the N side of the churchyard of St Caradoc, within the grounds of the former Lawrenny Hall.
  • II* Benton Castle
    Built on a spectacular position high above the W side of the Daugleddau some 2.3km NE of the church at Burton.
  • I Upton Castle
    2 km NE of Cosheston village, reached by a side road N of the unclassified Cosheston to Milton Road which becomes a private road from Upton Lodge. The entrance front of the house faces N.
  • II Preaching Cross
    Located in the churchyard of Upton Chapel.
  • I Upton Chapel
    A small chapel in close proximity to Upton Castle. It is reached by a private path from the Castle.

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