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Penrice Castle Dovecote

A Grade II* Listed Building in Penrice, Swansea

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Latitude: 51.5751 / 51°34'30"N

Longitude: -4.1698 / 4°10'11"W

OS Eastings: 249734

OS Northings: 188476

OS Grid: SS497884

Mapcode National: GBR GT.1L5R

Mapcode Global: VH3MX.NNYX

Entry Name: Penrice Castle Dovecote

Listing Date: 29 October 1999

Last Amended: 29 October 1999

Grade: II*

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 22539

Building Class: Domestic

Location: Attached to the west side of Penrice Castle (ruins).

County: Swansea

Community: Penrice (Pen-rhys)

Community: Penrice

Traditional County: Glamorgan

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Perhaps C15; there is no datable detail, but the dovecote is likely to date from the last years of the time of occupation of the castle (which was abandoned in favour of Oxwich Castle in the early C16), when the curtain wall was no longer relied on for defence.


The dovecote is at the south east side of Penrice Castle, standing against the external face of the curtain wall, but not built integrally with the wall; it is built of stonework identical to the castle. It is conical externally and slightly bottle-shaped internally, narrowing from about 2.5m to about 0.6m internal diameter. The doorway faces south, and there is a rebate for a lost door. There are 15 rows of nestboxes but no access openings through the wall, so the birds probably entered at the top.

Reasons for Listing

Listed at II* as an almost complete example of a mediaeval dovecote of corbelled construction.
Scheduled Ancient Monument (part) GM047 (SWA)

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