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A Grade II Listed Building in Chirk, Wrexham

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Latitude: 52.9344 / 52°56'3"N

Longitude: -3.0896 / 3°5'22"W

OS Eastings: 326864

OS Northings: 338003

OS Grid: SJ268380

Mapcode National: GBR 72.M00Z

Mapcode Global: WH78C.JH0R

Entry Name: Dovecote

Listing Date: 29 July 1998

Last Amended: 29 July 1998

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 20269

Building Class: Agriculture and Subsistence

Location: The dovecote stands to the S of the S range of the Home Farm buildings, on the edge of the National Trust park.

County: Wrexham

Town: Wrexham

Community: Chirk (Y Waun)

Community: Chirk

Locality: Chirk Castle

Traditional County: Denbighshire

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The dovecote was probably built in the C18, perhaps replacing an earlier one on the site.


The building is of rubble stonework with ashlar quoining at the angles, 2 stages high divided by a moulded string, and another string at high level. At present roofless. Octagonal in plan, with a low entrance door with a depressed arched head on the SE face, and a forced door on the N side. Eight square lights.


The building is lined with whitewashed brick internally, and has 23 flight ledges of approximately 24 nest boxes each above the 6th, giving apoproximately 350 nests. Refloored with brick, removing all sign of the potence. Most nest boxes are now blocked.

Reasons for Listing

Included as a good example of an octagonal lantern dovecote, significant in a group of working buildings which formed part of the economy of the estate at Chirk.

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