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Under Bolton Farm

Dovecot, Farmstead

Site Name Under Bolton Farm

Classification Dovecot, Farmstead

Alternative Name(s) Under Bolton Farm; Dovecot; Doocot

Canmore ID 56546

Site Number NT57SW 55

NGR NT 50695 70054

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

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

Archaeology Notes

NT57SW 55 50695 70054

Dovecot, Bolton: Attached to farm buildings at Bolton there is a cylindrical 18th century (J Whitaker 1938) dovecot with a conical slate roof surmounted by a fine wooden glover. It is 45ft in circumference and 25ft high; the random rubble walls are 1ft 9 ins thick. There are two string courses, one about 12ft up, the other just under the roof. The door is now nailed shut; Whitaker records 710 nests. Pigeons still occupy this dovecot, entering by the glover.

D C Bailey and M C Tindall 1963; C McWilliam 1978

NT 5069 7006. This dovecot is as described.

Visited by OS (BS) 8 July 1975


Standing Building Recording (January 2008 - March 2008)

NT 50695 70054 An evaluation and Level 3 historic building recording were undertaken January–March 2008 prior to the farm’s redevelopment. The steading consists of two cart sheds with associated granaries, two cattle byres, a calf byre, a farm cottage, an ancillary stable, a possible former threshing barn and the remains of an 18th-century dovecot. The steading range dates to the 18th century, with several phases of rebuilding occurring during the 19th century, followed by considerable expansion in the 20th century. It is a typical 19th-century Lothian farm steading and its building history provides a good example of the type of expansion that took place in 18th- and 19th- century farms, in response to the economic growth of the agricultural industry in Lothian during this period.

Archive: RCAHMS (intended)

Funder: NGP Architects

Anya Rardin (AOC Archaeology Group), 2008


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