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Monkton Priory Dovecot

A Scheduled Monument in Pembroke (Penfro), Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

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Latitude: 51.678 / 51°40'40"N

Longitude: -4.9282 / 4°55'41"W

OS Eastings: 197652

OS Northings: 201754

OS Grid: SM976017

Mapcode National: GBR G8.DB1V

Mapcode Global: VH1S6.J2JZ

Entry Name: Monkton Priory Dovecot

Scheduled Date: 23 July 1982

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2730

Cadw Legacy ID: PE415

Schedule Class: Agriculture and Subsistence

Category: Dovecote

Period: Medieval

County: Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

Community: Pembroke (Penfro)

Traditional County: Pembrokeshire


The monument consists of the remains of a dovecote, dating to the 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.

It is a circular dovecote of stone standing in the centre of a field. The roof is conical and there are two entrances into the structure - one large rectangular one which has been blocked, and one small arched one. Putty holes can be seen in the masonry all round the walls. Some nesting boxes survive within the interior.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of 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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