Dovecote 100m north of Pridhamsleigh


Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument

List Entry Number: 1019241

Date first listed: 19-Jan-1948

Date of most recent amendment: 18-Jul-2000


Ordnance survey map of Dovecote 100m north of Pridhamsleigh
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Devon

District: South Hams (District Authority)

Parish: Staverton

National Grid Reference: SX 74890 67774


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Reasons for Designation

Dovecotes are specialised structures designed for the breeding and keeping of doves as a source of food and as a symbol of high social status. Most surviving examples were built in the period between the 14th and the 17th centuries, although both earlier and later examples are documented. They were generally freestanding structures, square or circular in plan and normally of brick or stone, with nesting boxes built into the internal wall. They were frequently sited at manor houses or monasteries. Whilst a relatively common monument class (1500 examples are estimated to survive out of an original population of c.25,000), most will be considered to be of national interest, although the majority will be listed rather than scheduled. They are also generally regarded as an important component of local distinctiveness and character.

The dovecote 100m north of Pridhamsleigh survives well retaining most of its internal features. Its association with nearby Pridhamsleigh reflects the status of the 14th to 17th century courtyard mansion.


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The monument includes a circular dovecote with a corbelled and domed roof, built of mortared limestone rubble on a small terrace of the steeply sloping hillside. It is Listed Grade II*. The dovecote is 6.28m in diameter with walls 0.9m thick. The height of the eaves is 4m on the downhill side and 3m on the uphill side. The domed roof continues for a further 2m above a stone eaves drip and remains of mortar render survive on the roof and walls. A circular hole at the top gives access to the interior for birds. A stone lantern over this was added in 1977 when the building was restored. The dovecote is entered by a low gothic arched door on the south side. Within are 11 tiers of nesting holes, about 250 in all. Immediately east of the door is a short length of limestone wall with a stepped foundation. This is the remains of a demolished building which abutted the dovecote.

MAP EXTRACT The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract. It includes a 2 metre boundary around the archaeological features, considered to be essential for the monument's support and preservation.


The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System number: 33750

Legacy System: RSM


Books and journals
Copeland, G W, 'Transactions of the Devonshire Association' in Devon Dovecotes, , Vol. 41, (1937)
MPP Dovecote Assessment, (1998)

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