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Athelstaneford, Main Street, Dovecot

Dovecot (16th Century)

Site Name Athelstaneford, Main Street, Dovecot

Classification Dovecot (16th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Athelstaneford Dovecot; Althelstaneford Castle; Athelstaneford Church Dovecot

Canmore ID 56286

Site Number NT57NW 15

NGR NT 53265 77374

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council East Lothian
  • Parish Athelstaneford
  • Former Region Lothian
  • Former District East Lothian
  • Former County East Lothian

Archaeology Notes

NT57NW 15 53265 77374.

(NT 53265 77374) Dovecot (NR)

OS 6" map (1968)

Dovecot, Athelstaneford: This lectern-type dovecot measures 15 ft 6 ins by 15 ft 9 ins, with a slate roof and crowstepped gables. The random rubble walls are 3 ft 6 ins thick, partly harled, with dressings and two string courses. The door, in the W wall, has a wooden lock; above it is inscribed 'C H 1583'. There are fourteen entry holes midway up the roof, and remains of three in an opening in the S wall below the eaves. There were once perhaps 600 nests but only 52 remain.

D C Bailey and M C Tindall 1963; J Whitaker 1938; RCAHMS 1924, visited 1912

As described. The roof has partly collapsed.

Visited by OS (BS) 14 July 1975.


Field Visit (30 June 1912)

Within a field north of the parish manse is a dovecot 15 ½ feet square and some 25 feet in height, which is built in three stages of irregularly coursed freestone and covered with a lean-to roof. On the lintel of the doorway in the west wall is inscribed in relief, within a panel, the initials G H and the date 1583.

RCAHMS 1924, visited 30 June 1912.

Photographic Survey (September 1960 - October 1961)

Photographic survey of dovecots in East Lothian by the Scottish National Buildings Record in 1960-1.


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