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Somerset Historic Environment Record

50820

Site Name: Dovecote, about 370 metres South of Bruton Church (also known as Pigeon Tower), Park Wall (North side), Bruton
Civil Parish: Bruton
LISTED BUILDING grade: II*
Grid Ref: ST 6838 3441 (ST 63 SE)
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Image: Image of HER 50820 - Photo by Somerset County Council
  HER 50820 - Photo by Somerset County Council

Public access:

As far as we are aware all or part of this site is a National Trust property open to the public at certain times. [Information last updated on 19 December 2002]

Details:

Grade amended from II to II*

Dovecote. Possibly C16. Local stone with Doulting stone dressings; gabled on all four faces- now roofless- with finials to all but south side. Square plan; 3 storeys, floors now gone. Moulded cambered arched doorway on north east side, with 2-light chamfer mullioned windows to both levels over; to north west face 1,2, and 1-light windows; 3 blocked windows on south east side - gable damaged over; low single light to South west face, other windows blocked; all window openings have holes for vertical rods; remains of a fireplace inside, room for 200 nests. Probably a C16 conversion into dovecote of earlier building by the Berkeleys of former Bruton Abbey, used for habitation at some time - a C18 illustration shows a chimney in the roof situation; suggests sometime use as a watch tower. (Bruton in Selwood; Couzens P, Abbey Press, Sherborne, 1972) {1}

Dovecote. Possibly C16. Local stone with Doulting stone dressings; gabled on all four faces - now roofless - with finials to all but South side. Sqare plan; 3 storeys, floors now gone. Moulded cambered arched doorway on North East side, with 2-light chamfer mullioned windows to both levels over; to North West face 1, 2 and 1-light windows; 3 blocked windows on South East side - gable damaged over; low single light to South west face, other windows blocked; all window openings have holes for vertical rods; remains of a fireplace inside; room for 200 nests. Probably a C16 conversion into dovecote of earlier building by the Berkeleys of former Bruton Abbey, used for habitation at some time - a C18 illustration shows a chimney in the roof; situation suggests sometime used as watch tower. Scheduled Ancient Monument (Somerset County No 258). (Couzens P, Bruton in Selwood, Abbey Press, Sherborne, (1972)). {2}

Is a Scheduled Monument, see PRN 53124. {3}

English Heritage Listed Building Number: 261602. First Listed on 24/03/1961. English Heritage Unified Designation System Asset Number: 1056424 {4}

References:

1 Statutory List - 6th amendment of 61st List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic interest: District of South Somerset (5/3/1998) Location: HER files.
2 Superseded entry in Statutory List - Sixty-first List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic interest: District of Yeovil (Somerset) (29/8/1984) Location: HER collections.
3 Verbal communication - Webster, CJ [Chris]. Somerset County Council, Historic Environment Record (07/02/2003). Location: Verbal, electronic or direct entry, no source retained
4 Data transfer - Listed Buildings database, English Heritage. Record ID: 261602 (2005)

Record created in November 1997

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