An opportunity to view a well preserved 16th century octagonal dovecote, originally constructed as a wedding gift from the Lord High Chancellor of England, Thomas More to his son John on his marriage to Anne Cresacre.
This is a Grade II* scheduled monument and was built for the residents of Barnburgh Hall in the late 16th or early 17th century. It is estimated that it might have housed up to 2000 birds in its heyday. Sadly the National Coal Board had Barnburgh Hall demolished in 1969 - claiming that it was suffering from mining subsidence, however the dovecote, stable block and gardener's cottage survived and the dovecote is now cared for by the residents of the new development built on the site of the old hall. It is only open to visitors for one weekend a year and provides an opportunity to see a fine example of an original octagonal limestone dovecote which is exceptionally well preserved.
No booking required
There are no steps, however the flooring inside the dovecote is uneven and may be unsuitable for persons with walking difficulties.
This event will run in line with local & national government guidelines at the time of the festival.
This is a unique opportunity to see a fine example of an original octagonal limestone dovecote which is exceptionally well preserved. Entrance to the dovecote is free and everyone is welcome. The dovecote is an historic scheduled monument and Grade II* listed building. Standing in the grounds of the old Barnburgh Hall which was demolished in 1967, the dovecote dates back to around the 15th century and was once home to the family of Thomas More, Chancellor during the reign of Henry VIII. The dovecote was a wedding gift from Thomas More when his son John More married Anne Cresacre. Contact for the day: Carol Bowden 07715 824478
Situated in Barnburgh village, off Hall Street.