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Dovecot at Hygga Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Trellech United (Tryleg Unedig), Monmouthshire (Sir Fynwy)

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Latitude: 51.7292 / 51°43'45"N

Longitude: -2.7462 / 2°44'46"W

OS Eastings: 348557

OS Northings: 203651

OS Grid: SO485036

Mapcode National: GBR JJ.27XW

Mapcode Global: VH876.CS1R

Entry Name: Dovecot at Hygga Farm

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2394

Cadw Legacy ID: MM150

Schedule Class: Agriculture and Subsistence

Category: Dovecote

Period: Post Medieval/Modern

County: Monmouthshire (Sir Fynwy)

Community: Trellech United (Tryleg Unedig)

Traditional County: Monmouthshire


The monument consists of the remains of a dovecote, dating to the post-medieval period. A dovecote is a house for doves and pigeons, usually placed at a height above the ground, with openings and provision inside for roosting and breeding.

The dovecote stands in the outer part of the farm garden to the SE of the farmhouse. It is a circular stone building standing about 4 m high, with an internal diameter of c. 3.5 m. The building has been restored. The Dovercote is built of coursed red sandstone rendered with lime and painted white. The roof is covered with stone tiles and has a distinctive louvre in the centre. The upper part of the outside has six horizontal ledges around it, with vertical divisions, between which are numerous pigeon holes. In the upper part of the west side there is a mullioned window with dressed stone around it. There are two vertical iron bars in the gaps on either side of the mullion. On the east side there is a window in the lower part of the wall. This is also a mullioned window surrounded by dressed stone. On the north side is a doorway, 1.6 m high, with a low arch over it. Inside the pigeon holes start 1.2 m above the floor level, and are set in horizontal bands made by red sandstone ledges running right round the interior. These are divided at intervals by vertical bands.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of post-medieval agricultural and settlement organisation. It retains significant archaeological potential, with a strong probability of the presence of associated archaeological features and deposits. The structure itself may be expected to contain archaeological information concerning chronology and building techniques.

The scheduled area comprises the remains described and areas around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive.

Source: Cadw

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