Post medieval dovecote 40m south of Cloughton Hall, Cloughton
Post medieval dovecote 40m south of Cloughton Hall, Cloughton, Scarborough, North Yorkshire YO13 0AE View on map
A post medieval three tiered, circular, dome topped stone structure, surmounted by a pitched roof timber access portal. The date of the original building is uncertain, but archaeological opinion suggests that the current building was constructed in the early 18th century to provide a source of food for the Hall and fertiliser for the gardens. The construction is of traditional masonry with an inner and outer skin and rubble corework. The bonding material is mid-brown clay with gravel inclusions. The interior is of coursed rubble, formed into a beehive-shaped space, incorporating nest-holes above a rat-guard string course at 1.8m above a slabbed floor. Manual access to the nest-holes would have been by means of a timber rotating potence ladder, which no longer exists.
Open access, at any reasonable time.
A few metres off the A171 - easily seen from the road at the southern entrance to Cloughton village. Rail: Scarborough (5 miles). Bus: service runs from Scarborough station every half hour.
Parking can usually be made available most of the time.