History at the Cornstore

Cornstore Ship Docking

Standing in the shadow of Pembroke Castle on the North Quay of the town, the Cornstore is an imposing three storey Eighteenth Century building. Originally an agricultural store as part of a farm established by the Bush Estate, the importance of the building grew as trade developed in the town from the early 1700's.

The Cornstore is an impressive building, which embodies the maritime characters of the Quayside. The sympathetic and award winning restoration of the building gives many clues as to how it functioned in its hey-day.

Pembroke CastleIn the East Gable wall all three floors have doorways opening onto the street, to permit the loading, or unloading of wagons straight into the storage space. Similarly the main front door, fronts the river and would allow ships to tie up directly alongside and exchange cargo into the main ground floor. These goods could then be moved to the appropriate level using the second floor winch, which is placed directly in the centre of the building for this purpose.

The building we are lucky enough to have today is a later improved version of the original. However many of the materials present in today's impressive structure have been recycled from the original and from ship building activities present in Pembroke at that time.

Milpond castleInternally the massive shaped beams once part of sailing vessels now remain stubbornly ashore. The spaces created by these huge weathered timbers mimic those on board ship – low headroom at ground level increasing as you climb high to reach the open space created by large 'A' frame timbers which carry some interesting graffiti.

The building embodies many architectural features particular to Pembrokeshire. 

The Cornstore has won awards for the quality of its renovations, being a truly historic Eighteenth Century property, built upon the foundations of much earlier commercial buildings. Indeed commerce has been conducted on this site for many hundreds of years. Large schooners would moor at the quayside using the mooring rings set in the walls of the building to exchange cargo for onward transport to Ireland and England.

MilpondThe Cornstore is still a commercial centre featuring a quayside café and innovative interior furnishings and accessories for the home.
The main building has three floors which are filled to bursting with sumptuous leather suites, occasional chairs and solid wood furniture.

Instead of coming to purchase Coal, Ale, Grain or Potatoes, today our customers visit us for inspiration, and to purchase solid wood dining, full-hide leather furniture, ceramics, textiles, lighting, locally made jewellery, handbags, images and accessories, and where possible we stock products from local artists which change every season.

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