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Bemerton Farm Dovecote

Bemerton, Wiltshire

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Multi purpose circular 2 storey dovecote which originally housed pigeons above and hens below. When built it was part of a group of outbuildings which were made to resemble a Russian farm and have ragstone walls.

It is a circular tower with a conical slate roof and cupola, 2 ranges of pigeon holes are below the eaves and various openings, below, including cross-loops (possibly for chickens). There were a pair of stepped stone ramps which may have provided an entrance for the hens. It has several Gothic features.

This image was taken in 1999 by Rog Frost
Today it has been tidied up as it is part of a retirement complex.

Bemerton Farm is part of the estate of the Earl of Pembrokeshire from nearby Wilton. Today it is a complex of retirement homes converted from courtyard buildings and a farmhouse originally built in 1863 for the Dowager Countess of Pembroke. The dovecote is now an attractive feature of the grounds and overlooks a communal walled garden. It can be seen from the roadside, take a look at Google Street View.

Location: Bemerton Farm, Bemerton, near Salisbury, Wiltshire

Grid Reference: SU118307 Ceremonial County: Wiltshire

Map Link: Multimap

Aerial photo: Multimap Aerial

Getting there: From Salisbury take the A36 to Wilton take the exit for Quidhampton and take the next left back towards Salisbury, Bemerton is along this road and Bemerton Farm is on the left just before the church.

Access: No public access, now part of a retirement complex, but you can get a view of it from the road.
Website: Bemerton Farm
Other Useful Websites: British Listed Buildings
Address: Bemerton Farm, Lower Road, Salisbury, Wiltshire
Postcode: SP2 9NA Telephone:
Opening Times: Not open to the public. Any reasonable time from the roadside

Charges: None

Nearby Locations: Salisbury Cathedral, Wiltshire   Old Sarum, Wiltshire
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By: Tracey Park Section: Heritage Section Key:
Page Ref: bemerton_farm_dovecot Topic: Dovecots  Last Updated: 09/2010


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