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Latitude: 55.4771 / 55°28'37"N
Longitude: -4.365 / 4°21'53"W
OS Eastings: 250623
OS Northings: 622903
OS Grid: NS506229
Mapcode National: GBR 3M.X4T7
Mapcode Global: WH3QY.XLLK
Plus Code: 9C7QFJGP+R2
Entry Name: Dovecot, Auchinleck House
Listing Name: Auchinleck Estate, Water Tower or Dovecote
Listing Date: 6 November 1979
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 331395
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB950
Building Class: Cultural
County: East Ayrshire
Electoral Ward: Cumnock and New Cumnock
Traditional County: Ayrshire
Mid 18th century. 2-stage classically detailed water tower (or dovecote), sited to rear of Auchinleck Stables. Early use of red brick with cream ashlar dressings at impost band and architraves of upper openings only. Square on plan, arcaded at ground with ashlar impost blocks and thin brick keyblocks, brick belt course above.
E ELEVATION: ; large blind roundel with architrave cut in 4 segments, round-archeed opening above with architrave of arch ring cut into 2 pieces. Slated pyramidal roof.
There is some doubt as to whether this structure was built as a water tower or a dovecote. A dovecote seems unlikely as there is no convenient access for nesting boxes at the first stage, and there is no surviving sign of the window having been fitted with timber landing ledges and flight holes. As a water tower, this constitutes an early example.
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