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Dovecote immediately south of Pumphouse Farm

List Entry Summary

This monument is scheduled under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 as amended as it appears to the Secretary of State to be of national importance. This entry is a copy, the original is held by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Name: Dovecote immediately south of Pumphouse Farm

List entry Number: 1019499


The monument may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Worcestershire

District: Wychavon

District Type: District Authority

Parish: Hanbury

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: Not applicable to this List entry.

Date first scheduled: 05-Jan-2001

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

Legacy System Information

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Legacy System: RSM

UID: 31977

Asset Groupings

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List entry Description

Summary of Monument

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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 immediately south of Pumphouse Farm survives as a well preserved example of a smaller domestic 17th century timber framed dovecote. Although once quite numerous, only a small number of buildings survive which retain fixtures and fittings, and this dovecote is one of only a small number of such structures to be identified for protection.


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The monument includes the standing and buried remains of a small dovecote located on rising ground immediately south of Pumphouse Farm. It is a Listed Building Grade II, and is believed to be early 17th century in date. The dovecote is timber framed with brick infilled panels to each wall and a two gabled roof of red plain clay tiles. The roof is surmounted by a timber cupola with two rows of entry holes and alighting ledges. The cupola is rendered with arch braced gables, and a plain tile roof. The dovecote measures 2.8m by 2.8m by 6m high and stands on a 1.3m high brick plinth. The plinth is constructed of late 18th century-early 19th century brick upon a foundation of earlier 17th century brick. It is believed that a lower level of timber framed panels originally existed and was later replaced by the plinth. Access to the dovecote is via a small, 0.5m by 0.5m, wooden door located at the top of the plinth on the western side, in an infilled original doorway which measured approximately 0.75m by 1.3m high. The interior of the dovecote contains timber `L' shaped nestboxes without alighting ledges.

MAP EXTRACT The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract. It includes a 1 metre boundary around the archaeological features, considered to be essential for the monument's support and preservation.

Selected Sources

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National Grid Reference: SO 95492 63193


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