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HER Number:MDV4473
Name:Halsdon House, Dovecote


Square cob dovecote in the garden of Halsdon House. Late 18th- or early 19th century.


Grid Reference:SS 557 127
Map Sheet:SS51SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishDolton
Ecclesiastical ParishDOLTON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS51SE/27/1
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • DOVECOTE (XVIII to XXI - 1701 AD to 2009 AD (Between))

Full description

Department of Environment, 1959, Torrington RD Provisional List, 6 (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV118.


Copeland, G. W., 1967, More about Devon Dovecotes, 269 (Article in Serial). SDV4580.

Dovecote at Halsdon House. On a slight elevation in the garden. A square cob building with plastered walls, each of c.21ft externally, and has a renewed tiled pyramidal roof. Now no regular entrance for the birds, but south, to the left of and above a large rectangular wooden doorway with a fanlight, are three tiers of round-headed 'pigeon holes' arranged rather arbitrarily. They do not pierce the wall and there are only ten. If there ever were any nest-holes within, they have been effectively obliterated. North, are two rectangular recesses in the inner wall, apparently to house racks for fodder, the building has been used as a stable. There is now an upper floor reached by a steep and wide ladder, and the lower floor is paved with small cobbles. Other details: Plate 1.

Department of Environment, 1988, Dolton, 31 (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV598.

Dovecote. Circa late c18 or early c19. Cob and stone rubble walls. Pyramidal tiled roof. Square on plan. Single storey with central doorway on front wall which has pigeon holes in wall above.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV118List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of Environment. 1959. Torrington RD Provisional List. Historic Houses Register. Unknown. 6.
SDV4580Article in Serial: Copeland, G. W.. 1967. More about Devon Dovecotes. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 99. 269.
SDV598List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of Environment. 1988. Dolton. Historic Houses Register. A4 Spiral Bound. 31.

Associated Monuments

MDV11974Related to: Dolton, Halsdon House (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:May 25 2005 2:12PM