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HER Number:MDV1605
Name:Dovecote at Lew House, Lewtrenchard


Late 19th century dovecote at Lew House, now the Manor Hotel, designed by Rev. Sabine Baring-Gould. Situated on the wall dividing the grounds of the house from the road, it is semi-circular with a conical roof.


Grid Reference:SX 458 860
Map Sheet:SX48NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishLewtrenchard
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishLEWTRENCHARD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX48NE/1/1
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II*): 92356

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • DOVECOTE (XVIII to XXI - 1751 AD to 2009 AD (Between))

Full description

NMR, SX48NE17 (National Monuments Record Database). SDV266154.

Ordnance Survey, 1904 - 1906, Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map (Cartographic). SDV325644.

Semi-circular building shown.

Copeland, G. W., 1937, Devon Dovecotes, 400-1 (Article in Serial). SDV266150.

Dovecote at Lew House. A modern building, added by Rev. S. Baring-Gould when he practically rebuilt the present mansion on Elizabethan lines. The dovecote is on the line of the wall dividing the grounds of the house from the public road. It is semi-circular, with a pronounced conical roof, and presents its flat surface inwards.

Hansell, P. + Mansell, J., 1988, Doves and Dovecotes, 213-4, photo (Monograph). SDV266155.

Department of Environment, 1989, Lewtrenchard, 65 (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV266151.

Dovecot. Late 19th century designed by Sabine Baring-Gould for himself. Dressed stone with granite dressings and scantle slate roof. Remarkable design, semi-circular to the front but flat to the rear with steeply-pitched conical roof gabled to the rear and crowned by a pinnacle. Two stages to dovecot marked by roll-moulded granite rat-guard string. At the front the roof is carried out over exposed rafters. Gabled entrance for birds in roof at front has a rectangular granite opening below a grand semi-circular pediment crowned by an obelisk pinnacle. Similar pinnacles to either side of the pediment. Dove holes in front have semi-circular granite flight ledges carried on granite corbels. To the rear the gable is filled with characteristic Baring-Gould slate-hanging carried out over moulded bressumers. Door at rear. The dovecot is an important foil to the pavilion at the south east of the house (see Manor Hotel). The Reverend Sabine Baring-Gould (1834-1924) was both squire and parson at Lew Trenchard from 1881 until his death, and rebuilt Lew House, now the Manor Hotel. He was a high churchman, antiquarian and prolific author of fiction and theological works.

Devon Gardens Trust, 2006, Lewtrenchard Manor (Un-published). SDV356214.

Ordnance Survey, 2014, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV355681.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV266150Article in Serial: Copeland, G. W.. 1937. Devon Dovecotes. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 69. Unknown. 400-1.
SDV266151List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of Environment. 1989. Lewtrenchard. Historic Houses Register. 65.
SDV266154National Monuments Record Database: NMR. SX48NE17.
SDV266155Monograph: Hansell, P. + Mansell, J.. 1988. Doves and Dovecotes. Doves and Dovecotes. 213-4, photo.
SDV325644Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1904 - 1906. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV355681Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2014. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #81717 ]
SDV356214Un-published: Devon Gardens Trust. 2006. Lewtrenchard Manor. Devon Local Register of Parks and Gardens of Local Historic Interest. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV64756Part of: Gardens at Lewtrenchard Manor (Building)
MDV64756Related to: Gardens at Lewtrenchard Manor (Building)
MDV64756Part of: Gardens at Lewtrenchard Manor (Building)
MDV64756Related to: Gardens at Lewtrenchard Manor (Building)
MDV1604Related to: The Manor Hotel (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Feb 14 2014 3:23PM