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WHITEHALL DOVECOTLB181

Status: Designated

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Summary

Category
B
Date Added
06/09/1999
Supplementary Information Updated
06/09/1999
Local Authority
Scottish Borders
Planning Authority
Scottish Borders
Parish
Chirnside
NGR
NT 87278 55253
Coordinates
387278, 655253

Description

Probably 18th century. Rectangular-plan, 2-chambered lectern-type dovecot set to NW of Whitehall House. Walls approximately 3ft thick; each chamber approximately 13ft1' square. Harl-pointed sandstone rubble; tooled rubble dressings; red sandstone lintels. Projecting rat course/alighting ledge; rubble quoins; rubble long and short surrounds to doorways.

S (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: 2 square-headed doorways flanking centre; iron hinges; gates/doors missing. Continuous rat course/alighting ledge above. 2-tiered rows of flight holes in roof pitch centred above each chamber with 15 (lower) and 9 (upper) openings to E; 16 (lower), 10 (upper) to W.

W, N AND E ELEVATIONS: continuous rat course/alighting ledge dividing blank elevation.

Grey slate mono-pitched roof (missing in part); stone-coped skews; beak skewputts with carved human faces. Iron rainwater goods and bracketed water trays.

INTERIOR: each chamber lined with sandstone nesting boxes (876 to E, 870 to W). Timber poles in place in part to W; missing to E.

Statement of Special Interest

Poor condition 1998. Traditional lectern-type dovecot with the interior divided in 2, each chamber independent from the other, thereby reducing disturbance and increasing security. A more sophisticated type of construction than the earlier beehive design (see separate list entry for the nearby Ninewells Dovecot), the lectern allowed more opportunity for decoration -the figurative skewputts being particularly notable here. See separate list entry for the nearby Whitehall House (no longer associated with the dovecot).

References

Bibliography

Sharp, Greenwood & Fowler's map, 1826 (not clear). Ordnance Survey map, 1862 (evident). A Niven Robertson THE OLD DOVECOTES OF SCOTLAND (1961) pp490-491. T Buxbaum SCOTTISH DOOCOTS (1987) pp7-10. C A Strang BORDERS AND BERWICK: AN ILLUSTRATED ARCHITECTURAL GUIDE (1994) p38. NMRS photographic records.

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