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Dolphingstone Dovecot

A Category A Listed Building in Prestonpans, East Lothian

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.9439 / 55°56'37"N

Longitude: -2.9914 / 2°59'29"W

OS Eastings: 338175

OS Northings: 672756

OS Grid: NT381727

Mapcode National: GBR 2H.YKX7

Mapcode Global: WH7TV.0VSR

Entry Name: Dolphingstone Dovecot

Listing Date: 5 February 1971

Category: A

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 351513

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB17553

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Prestonpans

County: East Lothian

Electoral Ward: Tranent, Wallyford and Macmerry

Parish: Prestonpans

Traditional County: East Lothian

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Description

17th century. 3-stage beehive dovecot. Sandstone rubble. Pair of thumbnail-bead rat courses dividing stages; evenly arranged water-spouts at cornice level. Doorway at SE. Pair of square openings, randomly arranged, to middle stage, at SE.

Statement of Interest

The first dovecots built in Scotland were the beehive dovecots that appeared in the 16th century, typically circular-plan conical structures with pigeon access to the central chamber by means of an oculus opening at the building's apex. The Dolphingstone Dovecot, originally in the policies of the late 17th century, now ruined, Cowthrople House, has the remains of a glover (cupola) evident on its roof, and like the dovecot at Preston Tower (see separate listing) has evidence of shells being used in the structure's mortar. Dolphingstone dovecot is very similar to the Northfield House dovecot (see separate listing), but is not in as good a state of preservation as the latter.

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