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Dovecote at The Manor

A Scheduled Monument in Stanton St. Quintin, Wiltshire

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Latitude: 51.5176 / 51°31'3"N

Longitude: -2.1389 / 2°8'19"W

OS Eastings: 390460.34293

OS Northings: 179859.804

OS Grid: ST904798

Mapcode National: GBR 1QD.S2Q

Mapcode Global: VH964.W34Y

Entry Name: Dovecote at The Manor

Scheduled Date: 15 February 1999

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1018612

English Heritage Legacy ID: 31657

County: Wiltshire

Civil Parish: Stanton St. Quintin

Traditional County: Wiltshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Wiltshire

Church of England Parish: Stanton St Quintin

Church of England Diocese: Bristol


The monument includes a circular dovecote located in the grounds of Stanton
Manor Hotel.
The dovecote is circular standing approximately 9m high with a diameter of 8m.
It is of rubblestone construction with a conical stone slate roof. There is a
square timber lantern at the apex of the roof with flight holes, surmounted by
a ball finial and two modern dormer windows on the north and south sides. On
the north side there is a single low door with a large wooden lintel. The
interior is lined by simple `L' shaped nesting boxes and bisected by a central
dividing wall with nest boxes on either side increasing the number to 900. The
walls are coated with lime wash and there are alighting ledges every four
The dovecote, which is Listed Grade II, is the only survival of the medieval
manor house and buildings which were demolished and replaced in the mid-19th
The buildings and boundaries which fall within the dovecote's protective
margin are excluded from the scheduling, although the ground beneath is

The site of the monument is shown on the attached map extract.
It includes a 2 metre boundary around the archaeological features,
considered to be essential for the monument's support and preservation.

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.25,000), 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

The dovecote at Stanton St Quintin survives well and is a good example of this
class of building retaining nearly all of its original features. Apart from
the dormer windows inserted in the 1930s it retains much of its original
character. The dovecote is unusual in having an internal wall in a circular

Source: Historic England

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