Dovecote at Home Farm 150m South East of Lofts Hall
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Essex County Council
Uttlesford District Council
OV464464 (546444, 238721)
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A large dovecote situated within the grounds of Lofts Hall. The dovecote, which is Listed Grade II*, is of octagonal design, built of brick with a brick saw tooth cornice. The roof is tiled with a louvred cupola at the apex and two dormer windows. On the west side is a single fairly small door facing the farmhouse. Inside 1500 wooden nest boxes in 19 tiers line the walls. Each nest box has an arched head, and each tier has a continuous alighting ledge. A fully functional wooden potence survives, complete with ladder, and pivots on a large brick octagonal platform 1.2 metres in diameter. The dovecote is thought to date from the 16th century (as did the original hall) but exhibits mainly 18th century features. Scheduled.
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