Back from the Ashes

The Old Ship was a well-loved part of Cawsand village until it closed, to remain empty for years. It was then destroyed by fire in 2013, and has been a derelict eyesore at the centre of Cawsand ever since. The fire utterly destroyed the interior, leaving just the Grade II listed front wall, facing the street. It is a huge site, with ample room for new buildings.

We will work closely with local historians and the heritage specialists to understand the remains and to retain and show as much of the original fabric as we can. There is a smuggler’s tunnel in there somewhere…  

New homes for local people  Housing is the biggest problem affecting our community. Unless something changes, the heart of the village will disappear because people, especially the young, can’t find anywhere to live at a price they can afford – so they leave and the village loses out. We want to build four flats on the upper floors, to be let at reasonable rents on secure, long-term tenancies.

New community facilities On the ground floor, we want to re-create the bar area of the Old Ship, using the memories and photos of the older local people. We will add a café with a large children’s area and also include a Village Information section for locals and visitors. At the rear, we’re hoping to build a small Heritage Centre, supported by local experts. 

Our current ideas for the Old Ship are below – these may change as we consult the community and work out priorities.

A recreated pub and café

heritage centre

village information

children’s area

Four flats for rent to local people – this will be vital new housing to keep our village alive