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Wichenford Dovecot

Wichenford, Worcestershire

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A 17th century black and white half timber framed dovecote at Wichenford Court, restored during the mid 20th century. It is a square plan of rendered wattle-and-daub infill on a sandstone rubble plinth with brick cover. It is topped with a tiled roof and a cupola which would have been where the birds entered.

The side viewed from the parking area

Inside there is a cobbled floor and houses 560 nest boxes which is layed out as 10 nest boxes by 14 rows on all 4 walls. Access to inside is through a very small planked door which is raised some distance off the ground.

Some of the 560 nest boxes inside

The small entry door See Larger Image A view inside with it's cobbled floor See Larger Image

At the village take the left into Venn Road, there is a brown tourist sign at this junction for the Dovecote. Continue down this road past the church on your right at the next bend you'll come to a road on your left, with a small red post box at the junction next to a footpath sign on your left and on the opposite side of the road is another brown tourist sign for the dovecote. Ahead you will see the building in the photo below. Turn into this road just past the farm building there is a small parking area outside the dovecote grounds. Park up and walk through the gate to the dovecote.

The farm building at the end of the road

At the end of this drive is Wichenford Court which is privately owned and not open to the public, but the dovecote is in a fenced and gated space off their drive.

The view from behind


Location: Wichenford Dovecot, Wichenford, Worcestershire

Grid Reference: SO787598 Ceremonial County: Worcestershire

Map Link: Multimap

Aerial photo: Multimap Aerial

Getting there: 5.5 miles north west of Worcester. From Worcester take the A443 north, past Hallow take the left to Wichenford. At the village take the left into Venn Road, there is a brown tourist sign at this junction for the Dovecote. Past the church on your right at the next bend take the next left, there is another brown tourist sign at this point. Past the farm buildings into the small parking area outside the dovecote grounds.

Access: From the parking area through a wooden gate and into the grounds. Inside is accessed through a very small door with a large step up, so not suitable for those less mobile.
Website: National Trust
Other Useful Websites: Pastscape
Email: wichenforddovecote@nationaltrust.org.uk
Address: Wichenford Dovecote, Wichenford, Worcestershire
Postcode: WR6 6XY Telephone: 01527 821214
Opening Times: 1 Mar-31 Oct Mon-Sun 9am-6pm. Or by appointment at other times.

Charges: 1 donation

Nearby Locations: Hawford Dovecot   Witley Court  
Other Location Pages:

Other Relevant Pages: Dovecots   Dovecots in England    Dovecots in Wales

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Notes: Wichenford Court is privately owned and not open to the public, but this dovecote is in a fenced and gated space off their drive.

 

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By: Tracey Park Section: Heritage Section Key:
Page Ref: wichenford_dovcote Topic: Dovecots  Last Updated: 09/2010

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