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Dovecot, Rosebery House, 9 King Street, Inverkeithing

A Category B Listed Building in Inverkeithing, Fife

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Latitude: 56.0307 / 56°1'50"N

Longitude: -3.3943 / 3°23'39"W

OS Eastings: 313208

OS Northings: 682853

OS Grid: NT132828

Mapcode National: GBR 20.S5DB

Mapcode Global: WH6S3.TPV5

Plus Code: 9C8R2JJ4+77

Entry Name: Dovecot, Rosebery House, 9 King Street, Inverkeithing

Listing Name: Commercial Road, Rosebery Doocot

Listing Date: 19 December 1979

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 379557

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB35108

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Inverkeithing

County: Fife

Town: Inverkeithing

Electoral Ward: Inverkeithing and Dalgety Bay

Traditional County: Fife

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Late 17th century. Single chamber rectangular-plan lectern dovecot; roofless. Random rubble; hammer-dressed quoins; projecting alighting ledge to E and half length of flanks; roll-moulded band course to W. Narrow door lintel. Circular flight holes above door with square ashlar dressing.

Statement of Interest

B-Group with Rosebery House (see separate listing). The 1979 list description notes there was previously a lean-to corrugated iron roof. Although the main fabric of the dovecot still seems relatively stable, it has suffered from neglect for many years. The importance of this dovecot lies in its relation to Rosebery House (to the W) possibly the earliest surviving house in the burgh. The Rosebery dovecot, built in the house's former orchard, is one of two surviving dovecots in Inverkeithing Burgh (see separate listing, Thomson's House Doocot) and although currently dilapitated, is the best preserved of the two structures. Dovecots were a valuable source of meat and manure but also a visible symbol of the wealth and status of the landowners and burgesses (after 1617 only burgesses who had considerable lands were permitted to build dovecots). The RCAHMS survey of 1933 revealed 1,335 stone nesting boxes, however this number has diminished due to decay. Under repair (2003).

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