Dovecote at Great Eccleston, 150m North East of Gradwells
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Lancashire County Council
Wyre Borough Council
Wyre and Preston North
SJ426426 (342576, 440045)
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A 17th century brick-built slate-roofed dovecote surmounted by a later wooden square cupola or lantern. It is located in a field to the south west of Great Eccleston village 150 metres north east of Gradwells. The dovecote measures 4.7 metres sqaure with a door on the north east side and a window above. Traces of an external string course survive, formed of a double course of brick tiles projecting from the walls about halfway up. This is said to be a 'rat course' designed to prevent rats and other predators climbing the vertical walls and entering via the flight holes which would have been located in the lantern on top of the roof. Internally there are ten rows of brick nest boxes eaxch originally having nine boxes to each row. However, later modifications to the dovecote have disturbed a small number of these nest boxes. Scheduled.
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