Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
St Andrews And St Leonards
NO 49153 17241
349153, 717241


Late 17th or early 18th century; restored 1819 (dated). Single chamber rectangular-plan lectern dovecot. 5.8m long by 5.4m wide. Sandstone rubble with hammer-dressed quoins. Slate roof. Ashlar skews with shouldered skewputts.

SOUTH ELEVATION: timber boarded door with hammer dressed surround to centre; projecting alighting ledge returning to rear elevation. Stone panel with initials I.C. and inscribed "Repaired 1819"; 6 round-arched flight holes breaking eaves above, surmounted by scrolled armorial pediment.

Stone steps to rear (N) elevation rising to further timber boarded door (probably added 1819).

INTERIOR: largely intact stone nesting boxes line all four interior walls from floor to ceiling.

Statement of Special Interest

A fine and largely intact lectern dovecot. Restored in 1819, the building has many characteristics of the classic lectern-type dovecote which began to emerge in the 16th and 17th centuries. The lean to roof faces south so that the birds could sit in the sun, whilst being protected from the north wind by the high back wall. The largely intact interior adds significantly to the interest.

Dovecots were a valuable source of meat and manure but also a visible symbol of the wealth and status of the landowners and burgesses. After 1617, only burgesses who had considerable lands were permitted to build dovecots.

The S entrance was blocked when the dovecot was recorded by the National Monuments Record in 1964. The dovecot is intervisible with Stratyrum House (see separate listing).



Evident on 1st Edition Ordnance Survey Map (1852).

About Listed Buildings

Listing is the way that a building or structure of special architectural or historic interest is recognised by law through the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings of special architectural or historic interest using the criteria published in the Historic Environment Scotland Policy Statement.

The information in the listed building record gives an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building(s). It is not a definitive historical account or a complete description of the building(s). The format of the listed building record has changed over time. Earlier records may be brief and some information will not have been recorded.

The only legal part of the listing is the address/name of site. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing and if a number or name is missing from a listing address it may still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing can also cover structures not physically attached but which are part of the curtilage of the building, such as boundary walls, gates, gatepiers, ancillary buildings etc. The planning authority is responsible for advising on what is covered by the listing including the curtilage of a listed building. Since 1 October 2015 we have been able to exclude items from a listing. If part of a building is not listed, it will say that it is excluded in the statutory address and in the statement of special interest in the listed building record. The statement will use the word 'excluding' and quote the relevant section of the Historic Environment Scotland Act 2014. Some earlier listed building records may use the word 'excluding', but if the Act is not quoted, the record has not been revised to reflect current legislation.

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