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Latitude: 51.5557 / 51°33'20"N
Longitude: -4.1683 / 4°10'5"W
OS Eastings: 249774
OS Northings: 186317
OS Grid: SS497863
Mapcode National: GBR GT.2SNW
Mapcode Global: VH3N3.P5Q7
Entry Name: Oxwich Castle Dovecote
Listing Date: 9 June 1952
Last Amended: 29 October 1999
Source ID: 22544
Building Class: Domestic
Location: To the north side of the north-east range of Oxwich Castle.
Community: Penrice (Pen-rhys)
Traditional County: Glamorgan
Probably C15 or C16; there is no datable detailing, but it could be contemporary with the rebuilding of Oxwich Castle by Sir Rice Mansel in the C16.
A round dovecote of local rubble limestone. About two-thirds of the circumference of the wall survives, but it lacks its roof which was almost certainly in the form of a dome. The wall is about 0.9m thick. There is a small access doorway in the south east corner with an inside rebate for a lost door to close against; segmental arch. The lowness of the arch suggests the ground level has risen.
Small putlog(?) holes are present at intervals at three levels on the exterior.
Fair-faced stonework, whitewashed. The dovecote is about 3m diameter at base, narrowing to about 2m at the springing of the supposed dome. Eleven rows of nesting boxes iregularly disposed. The flight holes to the exterior are internally of similar size to the nesting holes and arranged in the same rows.
A substantial fragment of a dovecote asociated with an important Tudor mansion.
Scheduled Ancient Monument (part) GM043 (SWA)
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