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Dovecot 520m north-east of Whitsand Bay Hotel

A Scheduled Monument in Sheviock, Cornwall

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Latitude: 50.3643 / 50°21'51"N

Longitude: -4.3024 / 4°18'8"W

OS Eastings: 236344.496975

OS Northings: 54133.962367

OS Grid: SX363541

Mapcode National: GBR NN.VJQ5

Mapcode Global: FRA 18W2.MNV

Entry Name: Dovecot 520m north-east of Whitsand Bay Hotel

Scheduled Date: 9 November 1962

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1003068

English Heritage Legacy ID: CO 284

County: Cornwall

Civil Parish: Sheviock

Traditional County: Cornwall

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cornwall

Church of England Parish: Sheviock

Church of England Diocese: Truro


The monument includes a dovecot, situated on a plateau on a coastal ridge to the south west of the settlement of Crafthole and above the cliffs of Portwrinkle. The dovecot survives as a circular stone-built structure with a domed, corbelled stone roof, set into the hillside. There is a small access hole for pigeons in the top of the roof and a low pedestrian doorway to the north. Inside there are tiers of square nesting boxes with 20 boxes in each tier throughout the walls and the remains of plaster on the ceiling. According to Henderson the dovecot was built by the Dawney family well away from their manor house at Sheviock.

The dovecot is Listed Grade II (61953).

Sources: HER:-
PastScape Monument No:-436657

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

Dovecotes are specialised structures designed for the breeding and keeping of doves as a source of food and as a symbol of high social status. Most surviving examples were built in the period between the 14th and the 17th centuries, although both earlier and later examples are documented. They were generally freestanding structures, square or circular in plan and normally of brick or stone, with nesting boxes built into the internal wall. They were frequently sited at manor houses or monasteries. Whilst a relatively common monument class (1500 examples are estimated to survive out of an original population of c.25000), most will be considered to be of national interest, although the majority will be listed rather than scheduled. They are also generally regarded as an important component of local distinctiveness and character. The dovecot 520m north east of Whitsand Bay Hotel, survives well retaining its original features and is situated in a breathtaking location with clear coastal views. It is largely intact and will contain archaeological and environmental evidence relating to its construction, longevity, social and agricultural significance and overall landscape context.

Source: Historic England

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