Dovecote, Willington

Record ID:  150000 / MNA108445
Record type:  Building
Protected Status: Scheduled Monument, Listed Building: Grade I
NT Property:  Willington; East of England
Civil Parish:  Willington; Bedford
Grid Reference:  TL 1065 4996
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Summary

A large stone building with crow step gables dating from 1540s.

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Willington Dovecote © National Trust ImagesWillington Dovecote © National Trust Images

Monument Types

  • DOVECOTE (Medieval to Late 16th C - 1500 AD to 1599 AD)

Description

A very distinctive building about 13 metres long, 7 metres wide, and 11 metres high. It is divided inside by a stone wall into two almost equal compartments, each having its own door on the south side. There is provision inside for about 1500 nesting boxes altogether, all built into the walls. It is built of limestone, with stepped gables, and a tiled roof in two tiers, the upper divided from the lower by the wooden louvres which afforded access for the pigeons.

References

  • SZM10917 - Photograph - black and white: J Simmonds. 05/05/1988. Willington Dovecote. 2M. 14.

  • SZM12829 - Slide: J Simmonds. 05/05/1988. Willington Dovecote. 1.

  • SZM14227 - Photograph - black and white: J Simmonds. 05/05/1988. Willington Dovecote. 2M. 11.

  • SZM14361 - Slide: J Simmonds. 05/05/1988. Willington Dovecote. 2M. 2.

  • SZM1754 - Unpublished document: M Dawson. 1994. Watching Brief Willington Dovecote and Stables.

  • SZM22692 - Slide: J Simmonds. 05/05/1988. Willington Dovecote. 5.

  • SZM23496 - Photograph - black and white: J Simmonds. 05/05/1988. Willington Dovecote. 15.

  • SZM2473 - Scheduling record: DOE. 1984. Borough of North Bedfordshire.

  • SZM2790 - Scheduling record: DOE. 1978. List of Ancient Monuments 3.

  • SZM35409 - Photograph - black and white: J Simmonds. 05/05/1988. Willington Dovecote. 9.

  • SZM3575 - Monograph: H Arthur Doubleday, William Page. 1912. The Victoria County History of the County of Bedford. 3.

  • SZM410 - Monograph: Godber. 1969. History of Bedfordshire.

  • SZM41237 - Slide: J Simmonds. 05/05/1988. Willington Dovecote. 6.

  • SZM41863 - Photograph - black and white: J Simmonds. 05/05/1988. Willington Dovecote. 2M. 12.

  • SZM43258 - Slide: J Simmonds. 05/05/1988. Willington Dovecote. 2M. 3.

  • SZM45982 - Photograph - black and white: J Simmonds. 05/05/1988. Willington Dovecote. 2M. 13.

  • SZM47013 - Slide: J Simmonds. 05/05/1988. Willington Dovecote. 2M. 4.

  • SZM52879 - Unpublished document: Bedfordshire County Council Archaeological Services. August 1994. Watching Brief, Willington Dovecote and Stables. 94/22.

  • SZM52880 - National Trust Report: G Marshall and M Papworth. 1997. Resistivity Survey, Willington Dovecote and Stables.

  • SZM6949 - Monograph: Godber. Willington Dovecote and Stable.

  • SZM7683 - Scheduling record: DOE. 1960. Bedford R.D..

  • SZM9355 - Monograph: Nikolaus Pevsner. 1968. The Buildings of England: Bedfordshire and the Counties of Huntingdonshire and Peterborough. 1.

Designations

Other Statuses and References

  • Area of Archaeological Importance

Associated Events

  • ENA614 - Archaeological Intervention, Watching Brief, Willington Dovecote and Stables, 1994
  • ENA616 - Archaeological Intervention, Watching brief at Willington Dovecote, 1994
  • ENA2373 - Field Survey, Resistivity survey, Willington Dovecote and Stable, 2001
  • ENA7270 - Field Survey, Geophysics survey of the enclosed paddock west of Willington Church, 2005
  • ENA2375 - Archaeological Intervention, Watching Brief, Willington Dovecote and Stables, 1994
  • ENA7310 - Heritage Assessment, Dendro dating of Willington dovecote

Associated Finds

None Recorded

Related Records

None Recorded