Norton Sub Hamdon Dovecote
nr Montacute, Somerset
|This 17th century Dovecote
or Pigeon House, as it is known locally, stands on ground which formerly
belonged to the manor, and supplied pigeons for the manor table. It is
now within the grounds of St Mary's Churchyard. It is circular and made
of local Ham stone
coursed rubble with a cone shaped stone slate roof in which there
are two dormer windows. The cupola is formed by a flat stone slab
supported on four small stone pillars, and topped by an ornamental knob.
There is a low plain
doorway in north side, and small dormer window with stone slate roof and
checks to southwest.
Inside are 400 stone nests. A rotating wooden staircase which would have
been used to service the nests is no longer present.
Originally it was attached to the manor house
but it was enclosed into the churchyard when it was extended.
The picture on the right was taken from
outside the churchyard as we approached from Church Lane.
In St Mary's Churchyard
Location: Norton sub Hamdon Dovecote, nr
Getting there: From the A303 take the exit
onto A356 then take the second left into Norton Sub Hamdon, main road goes
left, take the right into the village centre.
Access: In St Mary's Church yard at the end of
Church Lane which has no parking, but you can park on the side of the main
road through the village just past the lane on Great Street, and then walk
up the lane.
The Virgin Church Guide
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Address: Church Lane, Norton Sub Hamdon,
Postcode: TA14 6SU
Opening Times: All reasonable times
Stoke Sub Hamdon Dovecot, Somerset
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