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Building Conservation

As well as looking after our wildlife and landscape, Pembrokeshire’s buildings, from fishermen’s cottages to mansions and castles, need to be conserved in order to ensure that the Park’s built heritage still stands for the next generation, telling the story of our history and culture.

Tenby Harbour
Tenby Harbour

The National Park contains over 1,000 listed buildings, recognised for their architectural or historical value. Many more ‘ordinary’ buildings are not protected, but make a vital contribution to the character of the National Park. We are keen to give advice about them all, not just those which are listed.

The National Park also contains 14 Conservation Areas. These are places of historic and architectural importance which we are working to protect and enhance. Have a look at the Conservation Area page to see if your part of Pembrokeshire is among the 14.

The Authority develops proposals for the preservation and enhancement of each Conservation Area looking at issues ranging from burying overhead cables, traffic management, enhancing derelict areas and conserving historic buildings.

If you own or manage a historic building and would like advice, or if you would like further information about Conservation Areas, please contact us.

You can learn more about our Building Conservation Officer Rob Scourfield below. Rob provides advice about historic buildings and structures to the public, and to various organisations such as Community and Town Councils, the Ministry of Defence and the National Trust.

Rob Scourfield, Building Conservation Officer

I’m Rob Scourfield your Building Conservation Officer. It’s me you’ll talk to if you own or manage a historic building and would like advice. I also give advice to various organisations such as Community and Town Councils, the Ministry of Defence and the National Trust.

I’ve been with the National Park Authority since 1995, apart from a short break as Inspector of Historic Buildings for Cadw and now work in the Authority's Development Management team.

After graduating from Reading University and the Courtauld Institute of Art in 1993, I worked for Penguin Books on the Buildings of Wales Pevsner series as researcher. Returning home. I then worked for Cadw on the re-survey of Wales, listing buildings in Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion before commencing work with the National Park.

We have 14 Conservation Areas, which include towns and villages of architectural and historic interest, plus one city, St Davids. These all have their own special character, my favourite being Caerfarchell, a little village full of unspoilt vernacular buildings. However there’s also the magical St Davids, the seaside splendour of Tenby and the medieval town of Newport. I’d also have to mention Carew Castle and Tidal Mill, as all its machinery was made by my great great great grandfather, George Scourfield, the village carpenter and wheelwright.


Carew Mill.

In my spare time, when the Pembrokeshire rain drives me in from my garden, I write books. I have co-written two Pevsner guides to Wales including Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire/Ceredigion and have written the Powys volume. Closer to home, I have co-written Down the Quay, a history of Cresswell Quay, my home village. The South Pembrokeshire dialect - warts and all – is of great interest to me, and is the subject of Below the Landsker, a hopelessly non-academic book written by myself and Keith Johnson, editor of Pembrokeshire Life.

If you stay in one place long enough, you seem to become members of committees without really trying. As a result I am a trustee of the Welsh Religious Buildings Trust, which seeks to save the best of Wales’ chapels for the nation, a member of St Davids Diocesan Advisory Committee and St Davids Cathedral Fabric Advisory Committee. I am a full member of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries.