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Dovecote at Durval Farm

A Grade II Listed Building in St Brides Major, Vale of Glamorgan

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Latitude: 51.4466 / 51°26'47"N

Longitude: -3.5904 / 3°35'25"W

OS Eastings: 289573

OS Northings: 173161

OS Grid: SS895731

Mapcode National: GBR HC.N5M6

Mapcode Global: VH5HQ.QW8W

Entry Name: Dovecote at Durval Farm

Listing Date: 3 March 1999

Last Amended: 3 March 1999

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 21782

Building Class: Agriculture and Subsistence

Location: Located in a field immediately S of Durval Farm, which is accessed by a long track off the S side of the St. Brides Major to Wick road.

County: Vale of Glamorgan

Community: St. Bride's Major (Saint-y-Brid)

Community: St Brides Major

Locality: Durval

Traditional County: Glamorgan

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Possibly C18 with C19 alterations. Shown on the St. Brides Major Tithe Map of 1840. The dovecote was built as part of the Dunraven Estate.


Dovecote of octagonal plan, roofless but standing to full height. Rubble masonry, rough-cast, on a masonry plinth. Stone ledge towards top, above which are entry holes for the birds in red brick. Entrance to SE with red brick dressing including flat arch with gauged brickwork. Stone threshold. Small window opening to NE in similar style as doorway, containing plain glazing. Small recess to its R.


The lower half is rendered and contains 2 recesses to the N and S, which probably supported a beam. Six tiers of nest boxes are constructed from brickwork lining the external masonry facing. Each tier is set onto stone slab ledges.

Reasons for Listing

Listed as an rare survival of a C18 dovecote in an estate setting.

Other nearby listed buildings

  • II Grand Lodge
    Located along the N boundary wall of Dunraven Park, and forming the N entrance. A trackway leads N uphill towards Durval Farm and the B4265 road.
  • II Fynnon y Winch (Pump House)
    Located in fields to the S of Durval Farm. Situated at a high point along the course of a stream.
  • II Former Ice Tower and Banqueting Hall
    Located in the NE angle of the walled gardens at Dunraven Park.
  • II Boundary and Dividing Walls to Walled Gardens
    Located in a sheltered position in the centre of Dunraven Park. The house stood on a hill which rises to the S. The former ice-house and banqueting hall is in the NE angle of the gardens.
  • II Garden Building
    The front wall of the building is incorporated into the S boundary of the walled gardens. The house was on top of the hill above (S) and its gateway is visible.
  • II Entrance gateway with flanking wall at Dunraven House
    Located in a very prominent position at Dunraven Park, on the top edge of a hill which slopes down sharply to the N. The ruins of the house survive to the S and W.
  • II Pen Ucha Dre
    Located at the E end of Pitcot, on the N side of the road leading out of St. Brides Major to Wick. Associated farm buildings are to the N of the house.
  • II Barn & Cow-houses at Pen Ucha Dre
    Located to the N of Pen Ucha Dre Farmhouse.

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