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Thomson's House Doocot (To Rear of 2, 4 Bank Street)

A Category C Listed Building in Inverkeithing, Fife

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Coordinates

Latitude: 56.0304 / 56°1'49"N

Longitude: -3.396 / 3°23'45"W

OS Eastings: 313100

OS Northings: 682823

OS Grid: NT131828

Mapcode National: GBR 20.S50D

Mapcode Global: WH6S3.TP1D

Entry Name: Thomson's House Doocot (To Rear of 2, 4 Bank Street)

Listing Date: 19 December 1979

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 379540

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB35091

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Inverkeithing

County: Fife

Town: Inverkeithing

Electoral Ward: Inverkeithing and Dalgety Bay

Traditional County: Fife

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Description

Late 17th century. Single chamber rectangular-plan lectern dovecot; roofless and in ruinous state (2003). Random rubble; hammer-dressed quoins; projecting alighting ledge to W. Narrow door lintel.

Statement of Interest

At the time of the previous survey (1979), it was noted that this dovecot was crowstepped and roofless. Although the main fabric of the dovecot still seems relatively stable, it has suffered from neglect for many years. However the structure cannot be viewed in full at present due to overgrown ivy (2003). The RCAHMS survey of 1933 revealed 336 stone nesting boxes, however none now remain (2003). This dovecot was built in the former grounds of Thomson's House (see separate listing) and is one of two surviving dovecots in Inverkeithing Burgh (see seperate listing, Commercial Road, Roseberry Doocot). Dovecots were a valuable source of meat and manure but also a visible symbol of the wealth and status of the landowners and burgesses.

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