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Dovecote at Low Hall

A Scheduled Monument in Brompton, North Yorkshire

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Latitude: 54.2227 / 54°13'21"N

Longitude: -0.5604 / 0°33'37"W

OS Eastings: 493956.078403

OS Northings: 481735.453257

OS Grid: SE939817

Mapcode National: GBR SMJM.G0

Mapcode Global: WHGCB.C4C3

Entry Name: Dovecote at Low Hall

Scheduled Date: 19 March 1999

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1018863

English Heritage Legacy ID: 31352

County: North Yorkshire

Civil Parish: Brompton

Built-Up Area: Brompton-by-Sawdon

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): North Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Brompton-by-Sawdon All Saints

Church of England Diocese: York


The monument includes a late medieval dovecote standing in the grounds of Low
Hall, approximately 60m north west of the house. The dovecote, which is Listed
Grade II, is believed to date to the 15th century and was part of the manorial
complex at Low Hall. It is rectangular in plan, measuring 7m by 6m, and is
constructed of rough limestone blocks with large blocks at the corners. It has
gable ends with a crude crow-stepping effect which is thought to be a later
addition, probably in the early 17th century.
Just below the eaves is a string course which also served as a perching ledge
for birds. Below the ridge line there is a six hole entrance for the birds,
complete with an alighting ledge. On the south gable there is a barred mullion
window with three perching ledges to the right side. Inside the dovecote are
nesting boxes, each with a projecting landing slab, which are an integral part
of the walls. The nesting boxes start about 1m above ground level and there is
a low round-arched doorway on the east side.

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 Low Hall survives well. It is a rare example of an early
rectangular manorial dovecote, with interesting external details as well a
complete interior.

Source: Historic England


OAU, MPP Dovecote Assessment, (1997)

Source: Historic England

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