Combined Dovecote and Icehouse at Gaines


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Post Medieval

Data Source

English Heritage

County Council (Unitary)

Herefordshire Council



Parliamentary Constituency

North Herefordshire

Grid Reference

SJ719719 (371910, 255417)

WGS84 Coordinates

52.1959, -2.41101

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An icehouse, incorporating a dovecote within its upper storey, located around 23 metres north of the house known as 'Gaines'. The building is of red brick with a clay tiled roof, topped with a timber cupola, and is approximately 4.5 square and 6 metres high. Its inscribed weathervane is dated 1718 but it is thought that the structure may date to the late 17th century. The icehouse, in the lower part of the building, consists of a brick-lined cylindrical chamber, 2/3 of which is below ground level. The dovecote is accessed through a door in the south west wall, set about 2 metres above the ground. It contains approximately 425 L-shaped brick nest boxes built into the walls. The building was restored in the 1990s. Listed and scheduled.

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