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.



In uncertain and anxious times, visiting historic buildings can provide a much needed boost and escape.

As members and friends will no doubt be aware, and as their health is of utmost importance to us, we have made the sad decision to cancel all of our visits this year. The CBG Council hope to be able to reschedule the visits where possible and many of the buildings' owners have expressed their desire to do this.

Additionally, as parties are for socialising and having fun, we have also made the difficult decision to CANCEL our autumn party in October. Let's hope we can all get together for good food, drinks and chat in 2021!

All updates will be sent to members the enewsletter, and will be posted on our website and Facebook and Twitter pages. Please check these regularly.

If you need to get in touch then please email Sam Barnes on CBGenquiries@gmail.com.

We don't like to make these decisions lightly, but feel that this is the right one for everyone. Look after yourselves and each other, and we hope to see you soon.

The CBG Council


The Cornish Buildings Group are leading 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. This funding will support a case officer who will have dedicated time to champion buildings at risk in the county.

The aim of this project is to identify and monitor buildings at risk and seek solutions for neglected, redundant or derelict listed buildings.

Find out how you can get involved on the dedicated project page on this website.

There is also a new BLOG which will record all of the updates, news, photos and more to do with the project. Click here to see it.


As a way of letting our members and friends know that we haven't forgotten you in these unusual times, we will be adding even more to our website and social media which we hope will educate and entertain.

What better way to start things off than with this brilliant video of our brilliant Nick Cahill, made for Porthmeor Studios in April 2016. We miss him terribly, and hope that this is a little reminder of the amount of knowledge that was in his head (and that scarf!).

CBG AWARDS 2020 - an update

Notwithstanding the isolation necessary as a result of Covid-19, we decided not to cancel the 2020 CBG Awards and are pressing on with the Awards process. Although the crisis hit two weeks before the Awards submission date, we received a good set of entries including innovative new designs and high quality restorations. The awards process has been honed over many years, but, responding to the crisis, we have taken it virtual and managed to have really good shortlisting meetings and discussions thanks to Zoom. The results of our deliberations have been communicated to entrants and we are hoping to visit the shortlisted entries i the Autumn, if progress in managing the pandemic continues to go well.