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Rocket Cart Shed

A Grade II Listed Building in Rhossili, Swansea

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Latitude: 51.5709 / 51°34'15"N

Longitude: -4.285 / 4°17'6"W

OS Eastings: 241736

OS Northings: 188251

OS Grid: SS417882

Mapcode National: GBR GQ.4ZQK

Mapcode Global: VH3MV.PS14

Entry Name: Rocket Cart Shed

Listing Date: 19 January 2000

Last Amended: 19 January 2000

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 22782

Building Class: Maritime

Location: 200 m north of Rhossili church, at west side of a footpath leading to the Old Rectory.

County: Swansea

Town: Swansea

Community: Rhossili (Rhosili)

Community: Rhossili

Locality: Rhossili Downs

Built-Up Area: Rhossili

Traditional County: Glamorgan

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The Board of Trade decided in 1876 to establish a lifesaving apparatus station at Rhossili (with a cart and rockets, lines, breeches-buoys, etc.), for attending shipwrecks on the coast. There was initially much difficulty in getting volunteers to man the apparatus because of the strong tradition, within recent living memory, of wrecking activity and hostility to the Coastguard service. The first wreck attended by the Rocket Crew with the new apparatus was on the shore near the Old Rectory in 1879. The Rocket Crew was later renamed the Rhossili Lifesaving Apparatus Company.
The cart shed was completed by 1878 when it appears on the OS map, marked 'Rocket House'. The shed appears to have been re-roofed at some time with inferior workmanship.


A building about 5 by 8 metres in plan. Local limestone walls about 0.45 m in thickness, rendered on all sides except to the east, but with exposed quoins. Slate roof with tile ridge; projecting rafter-ends at eaves (for lost fascias); at the verges the sarking boarding projects and carries a course of bricks in cement to secure the slates. Small brick chimney at north gable end, with a concrete cap at cornice level. Rainwater gutters and pipes have been lost.
Dressed stone jambs and segmental arch to cart doorway in the south gable end: the stones pecked with chiselled margins. The shed doors are ledged, braced, battened, with cover strips over the batten joints, and turn on full length bolted iron strap hinges. Wicket door within the left door. Concrete tracks to the front of the shed for the cart to run out on.
Single window to east and single window to west: brick quoins and cambered arches, sandstone sills. Remnants only of window frames and security bars.

Reasons for Listing

Included on the list for its historic interest as a well-preserved relic of the late C19 coastguard service.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II* Church of St Mary
    At the centre of Rhossili village. Stone churchyard wall in rubble masonry with some older gravestones built into rear face; timber gates E and W, stile beside E gate.
  • II Rhossili Old Rectory
    In an isolated position of great landscape impact facing Rhossili Bay, 1 km north of village; reached by footpath. House at corner of rubble-stone walled croft with stable block to south, outbuildings
  • II Corner House
    South of the B4247, midway between Pitton Cross and Middleton, at the turning to Great Pitton Farm
  • II Great Pitton Farmhouse
    200 m south of B4247, midway between Pitton Cross and Middleton.
  • II Perimeter wall of The Vile open field system
    Surrounding the western part of The Vile open field, west and south of Rhossili village.
  • II U-plan ranges at Great Pitton Farmyard
    Attached to the south (SE) of Great Pitton farmhouse. Partly open to farm lane on east side; part of farmyard now walled off as a domestic garden.

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