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A Grade II* Listed Building in Llantwit Major, Vale of Glamorgan

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Latitude: 51.407 / 51°24'25"N

Longitude: -3.4887 / 3°29'19"W

OS Eastings: 296550

OS Northings: 168603

OS Grid: SS965686

Mapcode National: GBR HJ.QM5L

Mapcode Global: VH5HZ.HW0S

Plus Code: 9C3RCG46+QG

Entry Name: Dovecote

Listing Date: 22 February 1963

Last Amended: 16 December 2004

Grade: II*

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 13253

Building Class: Domestic

Location: About 110m south-west of the Church of St. Illtud.

County: Vale of Glamorgan

Town: Bridgend

Community: Llantwit Major (Llanilltud Fawr)

Community: Llantwit Major

Built-Up Area: Llantwit Major

Traditional County: Glamorgan

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Llantwit Major


C13 dovecote of the monastic grange at Llantwit Major which belonged to Tewkesbury Abbey. The very complete survival of this structure is in sad contrast to the almost wholly demolished tithe barn which stood immediately to the north and was complete until 1836.


Cylindrical structure with walls of roughly coursed limestone and with a corbelled domical roof; the occasional course, especially the one about 300mm above the door arch, is much more carefully squared. The walls are about 1m thick, with a narrow segmentally arched doorway, the head of which looks as if it has been rebuilt.


Inside there are tiers of square niches or nesting holes.

Reasons for Listing

Included and highly graded as an important and very complete survival of a key part of an early medieval monastic grange, and as one of the fine medieval dovecotes of South Wales.
Scheduled Ancient Monument No. 140 (GLA).

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