Honington Hall Pigeoncote

Description of this historic site

Honington Hall Dovecote, a stone building used for the breeding and housing of doves or pigeons. It has a sundial on its south wall. It dates to the Post Medieval period and is situated at Honington.

Notes about this historic site

1 Octagonal ?late 17th century pigeoncote of stone with dressed angles. Old tiled roof rising to moulded wood lantern. Sundial on face.
2 Possibly earlier than the house. It has the original stone nesting boxes, and the central post with revolving ladder for access to the nests.
3 Photograph.
4 A stone sundial is fixed vertically on an external wall supported by two corbels.
5 Foster Dovecote #12.
6 Octagonal stone dovecote, probably older than 17th century house, probably contemporary with Elizabethan stable block. Stands close to separate granary. Dovecote built of pale limestone with contrasting quoins. Defaced sundial mounted on S wall facing house, window inserted under eaves in W wall. Roof tiled and surmounted by a cupola. Internal walls lined with original stone nest boxes, tiers separated by wide bands of stone which form alighting ledges. Potence still survives with ladder – would still rotate if some of guano cleaned out – and sits on carved stone plinth. Entrance in roof can still be closed. Now used by pigeons. Very good example of a 16th century or 17th century dovecote built as part of a picturesque stableyard.

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