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Prestonpans, Northfield House, Doocot
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- HER number: MEL82
- HER number: MEL58
- Site Name: Prestonpans, Northfield House, Doocot
- Grid Reference: 338982 673870
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- Summary: Dovecot, 16th or 17th century
- Description: NT37SE 28 3898 7383.
(NT 3898 7386) Dovecot (NR)
OS 6" map (1966)
(1) This 16th century beehive-shaped dovecot is 60' in diameter, with a flattish domed roof covered by stone slabs, random rubble wall c. 3'6" with dressings and three stringcourses. It contains c.600 stone nests. Now in poor repair.
D C Bailey and M C Tindall 1963
This dovecot is in good condition having been recently restored by the National Trust for Scotland.
Visited by OS (RD) 4 January 1972
(2) Historic Scotland Listed Building Description: 17th century. Sandstone rubble, 3-stage beehive dovecot. Pair of string courses dividing stages; pair of rat courses. Barred doorway to N, with tooled ashlar dressings. 600 stone nesting boxes.
(4) The doocot at Northfield House was photographed in 2003 by David Elder (see attached).
- For more information contact: East Lothian Council HER
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- (1) Article in monograph: Bailey and Tindall, D C and M C. 1963. 'Dovecots of East Lothian', Trans Ancient Monuments Soc (New) Vol. 11 1963, p.23-52. 24, 43-5.
- (2) Bibliographic reference: Historic Scotland. Historic Scotland Listed Building.
- (3) Bibliographic reference: East Lothian District Council. 1968. The Dovecots of East Lothian.
- (4) Photograph: Elder, D. 2003. East Lothian Doocots.
- (5) Bibliographic reference: East Lothian District Council. 1986. Preston Tower.