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Latitude: 57.6693 / 57°40'9"N
Longitude: -2.1951 / 2°11'42"W
OS Eastings: 388460
OS Northings: 864392
OS Grid: NJ884643
Mapcode National: GBR N8YG.133
Mapcode Global: WH9N5.7HZJ
Entry Name: Old Aberdour, Dovecot at Former Church of Scotland Manse (Beach House Hotel)
Listing Date: 16 April 1971
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 333716
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB2746
Building Class: Cultural
Location: Aberdour (Aberdeenshire)
Electoral Ward: Troup
Traditional County: Aberdeenshire
Probably 1820-30. Constructed of re-used material which appears to include part of the former church steeple. Small square cote of roughly pointed and squared red sandstone with tooled sandstone dressings. Centre entrance with paired flight holes above lintel fronted by small alighting ledge. Stumpy octagonal pyramidal tooled ashlar roof (probably re-using material from former steeple) with small paired or single flight holes in S and W facing facets. Stumpy angle wallhead finials with triangular caps.
INTERIOR: approximately 40 stone nesting boxes survive.
Church superseded in 1818 after which it probably formed a handy quarry. The Rev. George Gardiner, who moved into the manse in 1823, was most dissatisfied with the new accommodation provided and may have built the dovecot as part of the improvements to the manse offices he considered necessary. A new bellcote as added to the church in 1771; remains of a spire may have been available thereafter. The small number of nesting boxes indicate an early 19th century date.
Category changed from A to B, 23 May 1990.
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