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NINEWELLS DOVECOTLB4124

Status: Designated

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Summary

Category
A
Date Added
09/06/1971
Local Authority
Scottish Borders
Planning Authority
Scottish Borders
Parish
Chirnside
NGR
NT 86997 56167
Coordinates
386997, 656167

Description

16th century. 2-stage, circular-plan, tapering beehive dovecot set in private garden, to N of Parish Church. Walls approximately 4ft thick; external circumference approximately 60ft. Heavily-pointed rubble sandstone; rubble dressings. Continuous rat course/alighting ledge approximately 10 ft above ground. Square-headed doorway set beneath ground level to N; boarded timber door; sandstone lintel; low, rubble-coped wall to front. Stone-slabbed, shallow-domed roof with central aperture; iron finial/guard missing.

INTERIOR: walls fully-lined with 382 squared sandstone nesting boxes, arranged in 16 circular rows. Each nest approximately 7' high, 7' wide and between 12' and 14' deep. Circular flight opening centred in roof. Timber poles missing.

Statement of Special Interest

Overgrown and in state of disrepair 1998. Set within the garden of Auburn Cottage. The circular opening in the roof was originally guarded by a finial comprising a ring of iron spikes, forked at their upper ends - this has been removed and is now set in the garden of Auburn Cottage. Devoid of any ornament, the dovecot remains primitive in appearance and is a good example of its early type. Originally associated with Ninewells House - once home to David Hume and later replaced by a design by William Burn, 1839-41 (demolished 1964). See separate list entry for the later mono-pitched, lectern dovecot at Whitehall.

References

Bibliography

Ordnance Survey map, 1862 (evident). RCAHMS 6TH REPORT & INVENTORY OF MONUMENTS & CONSTRUCTIONS IN THE COUNTY OF BERWICK (1915) 42 & fig 17. A Niven Robertson THE OLD DOVECOTES OF SCOTLAND (1961) pp489-490. T Buxbaum SCOTTISH DOOCOTS (1987) pp5-6. C A Strang BORDERS AND BERWICK: AN ILLUSTRATED ARCHITECTURAL GUIDE (1994) p38. NMRS photographic records.

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