Dovecote at Burnt House Farm


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Post Medieval

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Kent County Council

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Canterbury City Council



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Grid Reference

OR107107 (610712, 155308)

WGS84 Coordinates

51.2574, 1.02023

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A dovecote situated within a farmyard on the northern edge of the village of Chartham. The dovecote has been dated to the 18th century and is a tall, east-west aligned, rectangular building measuring around 8 metres by 4 metres. Cleverly designed as a decorative, multi-purpose farm building, the red brick dovecote is built on sloping ground. It has three storeys topped by a gabled, clat tiled roof. The ground floor was originally used as a pig sty; the pigs provided warmth to help heat the two storeys above. The middle floor housed poultry. Access to the hen house and the upper storey is through a central doorway through the northern wall, approached from the higher ground to the north. The dovecote occupies the top floor, with the doves gaining entry through small square openings in each gable end. Internally, the walls of the upper storey are lined with around 600 brick nest boxes, each provided with an offset landing stage. The dovecote is Scheduled and Listed Grade II.

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