Keys to the Past

Haggerston Dovecote (Ancroft)

Haggerstone dovecote in 1956. Photo by Northumberland County Council.
Haggerstone dovecote in 1956. Photo by Northumberland County Council.

Haggerston Dovecote was first built as a windmill in the 17th or 18th century. It is a type of small vaulted tower mill commonly associated with Scotland. Evidence of a basement was found in 2010, and this would have been used as a receiving and dispatching area accessed by a ramp from ground level. It is still unclear when the windmill went out of use but it seems likely to have been in the early 19th century. By 1820 the dovecote is marked on early maps. The building has a conical roof, built of timber, and roofed with stone tiles, though it is badly damaged. It contains over 500 brick nesting boxes and the remains of a rotating ladder which was used to reach the boxes. It has also been suggested that the dovecote may originally have been a tower used to shelter cattle from Scottish raiders. This is a Grade II Listed Building and a Scheduled Monument, protected by law.

Reference number:N4031
Historical period: Post Medieval (1540 to 1901)
Medieval (1066 to 1540)
Legal status:Listed Building
Scheduled Ancient Monument
Event(s):DESK BASED ASSESSMENT, Archaeological desk-based assessment for Haggerston Dovecote, Ancroft 2008; Archaeological Research Services
WATCHING BRIEF, Haggerston Dovecote 2010; CFA Archaeology Ltd

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Source of Reference
Local History of Ancroft


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