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Historic Shopfronts and Signage

Historic shopfronts are important features within our historic towns and contribute greatly to their character and appearance.  Unsympathetic new shopfronts and unsightly signage can all too easily destroy the special character of these settlements. The Cornwall Shopfront Design Guide was approved on 15 September 2017 as a Cornwall Council guidance document.  It gives general advice on the design of new shopfronts and is intended to be used as a reference to improve the quality of new shopfronts and signs.

Special appendices could be produced over time for selected towns and villages to complement the Shopfront Design Guide. These can be produced by local Council’s or partnerships and give information on local distinctiveness. An appendix has already been produced for St Austell. If you are interested in producing an appendix to the Shopfront Design Guide for your town or village please contact the Strategic Historic Environment Team via

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