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Somerset Historic Environment Record


Site Name: Record transferred to Exmoor National Park
SCHEDULED MONUMENT: Dovecote 60m north of St George's Church [No:33037]
Civil Parish: Dunster
Grid Ref: SS 9902 4372 (SS 94 SE)
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Image: Image of HER 34618 - Photo by Somerset County Council
  HER 34618 - Photo by Somerset County Council

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The public accessibility of this site is unknown. Please assume that this site is private property and do not visit without permission. [Information last updated on 16 December 2002]


This site, formerly Dovecote, Dunster has been transferred to the Exmoor National Park HER. The details below are those that were transferred and have not been updated. {1}

Round rubble built dovecote with conical stone slated roof and louvre Contains early potence, revolving central ladder allowing access to the nesting boxes. Part of the agricultural complex attached to the Benedictine Priory with the priory barn a few yards to the E. The walls are 1.2m thick and the tower 6m high. Bearing and potence thought to be 400 years old, revolving on metal pinina cone of metal. Access by ancient wooden door. {2}

Restoration work in 1989 showed the revolving ladder to date to the C19, possibly on the site of an earlier structure. {5}

The 'potence' is a C18 introduction and the feeding platforms above are early C19 in date. Both horizontal arms are of hand-sawn hardwood and the upper is 0.38m out of vertical with the lower. This gives a less than comfortable working angle but it is correctly mounted and secured with hand-made wrought iron hooks. The surviving sections of the double wall-plates or ring beams appear to be C14 carpentry but the roof is of typical C18 construction with later repairs. {6}

Scheduling affirmed with new national number (was Somerset 33) on 24/4/2002. {7}


1 Compiler comment - Webster, CJ [Chris]. Somerset County Council, Historic Environment Record (4/1/2010). Location: Verbal, electronic or direct entry, no source retained
2 Detailed records - HBMC Field Monument Wardens report (SCC Planning Department)
3 Detailed records - Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division 1963 SS94SE13 (SCC Planning Department)
4 Mention - Hancock, F 1905 "Dunster church and priory", 44
5 Survey report - Croft, R.A "Dunster Dovecot" 1989
6 Correspondence - McCann, J to Somerset County Council (28/2/2002) in HER files
7 Correspondence - English Heritage to Somerset County Council (10/6/2002)

Record created in April 1986

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