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COLEMAN FARM, DOVECOTE

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NPRN 31585

Map Reference SN30NE

Grid Reference SN3964007186

Unitary (Local) Authority Carmarthenshire

Old County Carmarthenshire

Community Kidwelly

Type of Site DOVECOTE

Broad Class AGRICULTURE AND SUBSISTENCE

Period Post Medieval

Site Description NAR SN30NE5

This is a sixteenth-seventeenth century type dovecote set on a steep hillside overlooking Coleman Farm and Kidwelly. It is a circular structure of stone rubble with a shallow corbelled dome and a circular centre hole. Within there are 236 dove holes arrayed in eleven tiers. Above the door, on the inside, a much decayed date inscription of 1571 has been noted. Elsewhere on the inside are eighteenth century dates and initials.
Dovecotes such as this were a mark of gentry status and this example was probably associated with a nearby mansion.
The building is shown as 'old lime kiln' on the OS County series 1st edition (Carmarthen. LIII.6 1880).

Sources: Transaction of the Carmarthenshire Antiquarian Society & Field Club 1 (1903-5),79)
RCAHMW Carmarthenshire Inventory (1917), 54-5
CADW Listed Buildings Database (11879)

John Wiles 28.01.08

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