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PRESTON, NORTHFIELD HOUSE DOVECOTLB17528

Status: Designated

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Summary

Category
A
Group Category Details
100000019 - see notes
Date Added
05/02/1971
Supplementary Information Updated
29/03/2000
Local Authority
East Lothian
Planning Authority
East Lothian
Parish
Prestonpans
NGR
NT 38983 73871
Coordinates
338983, 673871

Description

17th century. Sandstone rubble, 3-stage beehive dovecot. Pair of string courses dividing stages; pair of rat courses. Barred doorway to N, with tooled ashlar dressings. 600 stone nesting boxes.

Statement of Special Interest

A Group with Northfield House (see separate listing). The first built dovecots in Scotland were the beehive dovecots that appeared in the 16th century, typically circular-plan conical structures with access to the central chamber by means of an occulus opening at the building's apex. The Northfield House Dovecot has some diagonally-inset slates remaining in the higher of the two string courses, evidence that the feature was manipulated for use as a rat course. The dovecot was originally in the policies of Northfield House.

References

Bibliography

RCAHMS, INVENTORY OF MONUMENTS AND CONSTRUCTIONS IN THE COUNTY OF EAST LOTHIAN (1924), p105; A N Robertson, DOVECOTS IN AND AROUND EDINBURGH (BOOK OF THE OLD EDINBURGH CLUB - VOL. XXV (1945); C McWilliam, LOTHIAN (1978), p393; A Fenton and B Walker, THE RURAL ARCHITECTURE OF SCOTLAND (1981), pp14-15; J R Baldwin, EXPLORING SCOTLAND'S HERITAGE - LOTHIAN AND THE BORDERS, (1985), pp44-45; T Buxbaum, SCOTTISH DOOCOTS (1987), p30.

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