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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
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 351485
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB17528
Building Class: Cultural
County: East Lothian
Electoral Ward: Preston, Seton and Gosford
Traditional County: East Lothian
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.
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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