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Somerset Historic Environment Record

53124

Site Name: Tower, S of the church, Bruton
SCHEDULED MONUMENT: Prospect tower 230m south of King's School [No:33720]
Civil Parish: Bruton
Grid Ref: ST 6838 3442 (ST 63 SE)
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Image: Image of HER 53124 - Photo by Somerset County Council (August 1981)
  HER 53124 - Photo by Somerset County Council (August 1981)

Public access:

The public accessibility of this site is unknown or has not been checked. Please ask locally and do not visit without permission. [Information last updated on 21 May 2003]

Details:

Three storey rectangular pigeon house. It would appear from the doors and window openings to be either late C15 or early C16. Roofless with part of the SW gable taken down and all openings blocked on that side. At best six tiers of nesting boxes at first floor level. It would appear that these boxes are a secondary insertion across the corners of the square building. {1}

Tower in generally excellent condition; one elder shrub grow from the top of the SE corner. One small hole in the masonry close to the SW corner. {2}

Scheduling affirmed with new national number on 20/7/2001 (was Somerset 258). {3}

The building appears to be a prospect tower, later adapted to a dovecote. It may have originated as a monastic building of unknown purpose in the early C16 with the conversion to a prospect tower by the Berkley family who built a mansion on the site of the abbey (PRN 53601) following the dissolution. The conversion to a dovecote appears to be c1780. C18 illustreations showing a chimney indicate domestic use at some time. {4}

References:

1 Detailed records - English Heritage Field Monument Warden (various) Location: HER collections
2 Site visit report - Graham, A [Alan]. English Heritage Field Monument Warden (16/9/1999) Location: HER files.
3 Correspondence - English Heritage. to Somerset Historic Environment Record. (5/9/2001) Location: HER files.
4 Detailed records - Record of Scheduled Monuments (English Heritage). Record ID: 33720 (2001)

Record created in May 1986

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