Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Supplementary Information Updated
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NJ 92470 65945
392470, 865945


Dated 1800. Tall dovecot with chamfered angles forming

octagonal plan. Harl pointed rubble, tooled granite ashlar

dressings and margins, heavy boulder footings. Long

elevations N, S, E and W with doorway in W; oval oculus in E,

W and S elevations above continuous alighting ledge; slightly

corbelled, crenellated wallhead with each merlon capped by

ball finial (12 in number); wallhead masks pyramidal slate


INTERIOR: interior lined full-height with approximately 300

brick nesting boxes, the base of each box constructed of

brick slabs. Tall potence ladder survives with some missing


Statement of Special Interest

Commanding site on rise above Rosehearty Bay, the cote is a

landmark for shipping and surrounding farmlands; the name

Mounthooley or Holy Mount implies earlier Christian

associations. Dovecot combines role of pigeon house with that

of folly and landmark.

Ladder (potence) leans against side of wall inside cote;

probably formerly mounted on plinth at base and fitted into a

slot in the roof in order to revolve and facilitate

inspection of each nest and collection of young birds for

culinary use.



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