Wilmcote Dovecote

Wilmcote Dovecote | Warwickshire County Council
Wilmcote Dovecote
Warwickshire County Council
Description of this historic site

Wilmcote Dovecote, a lias stone building used for the breeding and housing of doves or pigeons. It dates to the Medieval/Post Medieval period, and is situated at The Orchards.

Notes about this historic site

1 An ancient dovecote is mentioned as being beside Mary Ardens cottage.
2 The dovecote is square in plan, built of stone with a gabled roof. The building is in excellent condition, an inscription insides suggests it was built c.1400.
3 Foster dovecote #3. No evidence for such an early date: probably 16th century at the earliest.
4 Square dovecote, built of coursed lias but with modern timber framed gables. Old tile roof with small lantern at summit. Interior contains 657 nest boxes and there is a central beam, probably the remains of a potence. Queen strut roof with trenched purlins. Has retained period integrity (16th century?).

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