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Dovecote of Former Manor House

A Grade I Listed Building in Willington, Bedford

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Latitude: 52.1369 / 52°8'12"N

Longitude: -0.3846 / 0°23'4"W

OS Eastings: 510657

OS Northings: 249968

OS Grid: TL106499

Mapcode National: GBR H3D.ZJQ

Mapcode Global: VHFQ9.9K15

Entry Name: Dovecote of Former Manor House

Listing Date: 13 July 1964

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1321578

English Heritage Legacy ID: 36754

Location: Willington, Bedford, MK44

County: Bedford

Civil Parish: Willington

Built-Up Area: Willington

Traditional County: Bedfordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Bedfordshire

Church of England Parish: Willington

Church of England Diocese: St.Albans

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Listing Text


4/117 Dovecote of former Manor

Dovecote, originally belonging to Manor House. Probably between 1535 and
1541. Built by Sir John Gostwick, at one time Master of the Horse to Cardinal
Wolsey and later in service of Henry VIII as Treasurer and Receiver-General of
the First Fruits and Tenths at the Dissolution. Coursed limestone rubble with
ashlar dressings, possibly reused from Newnham Priory (dissolved 1535). Clay
tile roof. Rectangular building divided into 2 square chambers by central
cross-wall. This and end gables are crow-stepped, with moulded copings and
kneelers. Roof is divided into 2 pitches by band of wooden louvres. S
elevation : one small hipped dormer with wood mullion to LH chamber. One
small doorway to each chamber, both with 4-centred arches and moulded
dripstones, that to LH with moulded stops. Relieving arch to RH door set
higher than that to LH. E elevation has square-headed lancet. Interior :
each chamber contains about 700 nesting boxes, built of stone with a brick
lintel to each opening. The E chamber has a 2-stage potence. (Willington
Dovecote and Stable, Tudor Farm Buildings, National Trust leaflet with text by
J Godber).

Listing NGR: TL1065749968

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