Since 1969 the aims of the Cornish Buildings Group have been to stimulate interest, appreciation and knowledge of good building in Cornwall, and to encourage the erection, protection, repair and recording of such buildings.

Like any amenities group, we depend on numbers, strength and support of our membership, who provide the force and knowledge that have made us effective for over fifty years.

We encourage the protection and repair of historic buildings whether these are listed buildings or simply good examples of traditional building. We aim to encourage good architecture and to raise the general standard of building throughout the county. We hope that our generation may leave behind it buildings which will be looked back on with that same pleasure and enjoyment that we experience when we look at the architecture of past ages.



We are pleased to welcome Andy Trudgian to speak on Charles Rashleigh and the development of Charlestown for our third lecture in memory of Nick Cahill. 

The talk will follow our AGM  on Tueday 23 April, 7pm for 7.30pm start, at Wheal Martyn Clayworks. 

All are welcome to attend the lecture; booking not rquired. Further details to the left or contact CBGenquiries@gmail.com  


Entries are now closed for the 2024 Awards. 

You can find more information about previous award winners and commendations by clicking on the dropdown menu above. 


Further details including the criteria and how to apply can be found here.

Completed entries must be submitted by 14 April 2024.

Please direct all enquiries to Paul Holden, DAC chairman on this email address


'The Cornish Buildings Group: First 50 years'

Dedicated to the four Council members we have sadly lost since 2019 - Hugh, Jenny, Nick and John - this book tells the full story of the CBG's battle to encourage good design and preserve Cornwall's rich built heritage over the years 1969 to 2019. 

Our members will have received a complimentary copy of our new publication, celebrating the first 50 years of the CBG. 

To buy a copy for £15 including P&P please email us

'The Distinctiveness of Cornish Buildings'

Conference Papers Marking the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Cornish Buildings Group Presented at St Austell in 2019

The 15 papers in this richly-illustrated volume were presented at a conference marking the fiftieth anniversary of the Cornish Buildings Group, held at St Austell in 2019. They cover a broad range of subjects including the uniqueness of Cornwall’s building materials, the domestic and ecclesiastical architecture, the advent of new schools after the Education Act of 1870, the new cathedral at Truro in 1876, the contribution of several architects of distinction to the county’s buildings, and the challenges of meaningful conservation today. Archaeology is also featured, with a major essay on the recent excavations at Tintagel, and there is a comprehensive index.

For details of the contents and how to buy a copy, please follow this link to our Buildings at Risk blog. 


Between 2020 and 2023, the Cornish Buildings Group led a three-year Historic England / Cornwall Heritage Trust grant-funded project to identify and campaign for Cornish buildings at risk. The Group has maintained a register for buildings at risk since 2014, but this has been done with volunteer support only. The funding supported a case officer who dedicated time to champion buildings at risk in the county, the aim of the project being to identify and monitor buildings at risk and seek solutions for neglected, redundant or derelict listed buildings.

All project news was communicated through a BLOG which will remain live now that the funded project has ended, as a record of its outcomes.

The CBG will continue to monitor and campaign for Buildings at Risk, building on the good work enabled by the project. This will reported on through the Buildings at Risk section on this website (currently being revised).