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Preston, Northfield House Dovecot

A Category A Listed Building in Prestonpans, East Lothian

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Latitude: 55.954 / 55°57'14"N

Longitude: -2.9787 / 2°58'43"W

OS Eastings: 338983

OS Northings: 673871

OS Grid: NT389738

Mapcode National: GBR 2J.XW74

Mapcode Global: WH7TV.6LTZ

Entry Name: Preston, Northfield House Dovecot

Listing Date: 5 February 1971

Category: A

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 351485

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB17528

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Prestonpans

County: East Lothian

Electoral Ward: Preston, Seton and Gosford

Parish: Prestonpans

Traditional County: East Lothian

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17th century. Sandstone rubble, 3-stage beehive dovecot. Pair of string courses dividing stages; pair of rat courses. Barred doorway to N, with tooled ashlar dressings. 600 stone nesting boxes.

Statement of Interest

A Group with Northfield House (see separate listing). The first built dovecots in Scotland were the beehive dovecots that appeared in the 16th century, typically circular-plan conical structures with access to the central chamber by means of an occulus opening at the building's apex. The Northfield House Dovecot has some diagonally-inset slates remaining in the higher of the two string courses, evidence that the feature was manipulated for use as a rat course. The dovecot was originally in the policies of Northfield House.

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