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Latitude: 57.6576 / 57°39'27"N
Longitude: -2.5345 / 2°32'4"W
OS Eastings: 368203
OS Northings: 863202
OS Grid: NJ682632
Mapcode National: GBR N83H.1M9
Mapcode Global: WH8LW.1SCH
Entry Name: Sandyhills Dovecote
Listing Date: 7 November 1985
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 338325
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB6661
Building Class: Cultural
Electoral Ward: Banff and District
Traditional County: Banffshire
Circa 1800. Hexagonal dovecote on hilltop site. Harl pointed rubble with crenellated tooled ashlar wallhead. Tall round-headed blind arcade at north with square-headed doorway. Pulvinated cornice immediately below wallhead; single ashlar weeper drainage spouts project from centre of cornice, surviving on most elevations, draining flat stone slab roof masked by crenellation. 2 rectangular openings house flight holes, formerly fronted by alighting ledges supported on iron brackets (brackets survive).
INTERIOR: each interior wall lined with nesting boxes, the transoms (horizontals) of slate; unusual central column housing 6 vertical rows of nesting boxes, similar to those built into interior walling.
Approximately 490 nesting boxes.
The Sandyhills dovecote stands on a hilltop above the Deveron valley and Duff House, as a folly and ornament to the landscape. The central column, providing 96 additional nesting boxes, is unusual; structually it supports the stone slab roof. Until the 1980s the dovecote stood in a field, now (1994) largely built over with modern residential development.
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