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Sunday, 26 July 2015

Essex Dove Houses

An illustration taken from 'Pigeon Cotes and
Dove Houses in Essex' (1931)
Essex Dove Houses (S/LIB/3/8)

The archive document lists dovecotes photographed in preparation for ‘Pigeon Cotes and Dove Houses in Essex’ by Donald Smith was published by Simpkin Marshall, London, in 1931. Limited edition of 100.  176 pages, 58 drawing. Copy number 36 is in Essex Society for Archaeology and History Library.  

The book is not a comprehensive list of Essex dovecotes.

To find out more about surviving examples visit the Unlocking Essex weblink  http://unlockingessex.essexcc.gov.uk/uep/custom_pages/monument_search_results.asp?content_page_id=81&content_parents=61,62&monument_name=dovecote&search_related=0#  and links annotated alongside the original list.

Unfortunately the Internet does not have many photographs perhaps because they are sited on private property.

“List of 65 films and 40 plates, given by Messrs Donald Smith and J A Bullock, 1931. Negatives in Colchester Museum, 1986. D.C.

Essex Dove Houses. List of 65 films and 40 plates. Jan 1931.

Essex Dove Houses. Films taken by Donald Smith, 1929-30.
Parish: House [list rearranged in alphabetical order].
Birchanger: Birchanger Place
Boreham: Cheese Hall Farm
Broomfield: Chobbings
Castle Hedingham: Castle Park. Interior  [see http://www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk/en-409496-hedingham-castle-dovecote-approximately-#.VbSD3vlViko .  The dovecote is featured in an article in Transactions, Third Series, Volume 28, written by John McCann]
Castle Hedingham: Castle Park. Two views. W & S
Chickney: Sibleys [see http://www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk/en-122148-dovecote-at-sibley-s-farm-chickney-essex . The former gatehouse is mentioned in Essex Archaeology and History, Third Series, Volume 15]
Chingford: Pimp Hall Farm. Two views. E & N.W. [see photo and description; http://www.heritage-explorer.co.uk/web/he/searchdetail.aspx?id=8332&crit=barn ]
Downham: The Hall. Two views. [By the Church. See photos: http://www.wickfordhistory.org.uk/page_id__460.aspx ]
Earls Colne: The Priory
Elsenham: Elsenham Place Farm
Finchingfield: Cornish Hall
Finchingfield: Jekylls
Finchingfield: Oldbournes
Ford End, Great Waltham: Wall Farm [Barn conversion property. See http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-36183850.html ]
Gestingthorpe: Moat House Farm
Gestingthorpe: Moat House Farm
Great Bardfield: The Hall
Great Chishall: Rectory Farm. (Cambridgeshire, formerly Essex). Two views
Great Maplestead: Chelmshoe House [see photo: http://www.panoramio.com/photo/115254517 ]
Great Waltham: Fitz Johns
Hatfield Peverel: Mowden Hall Farm
Ingatestone: The Hall
Little Sampford: Farm opposite church
Marks Hall: W Coggeshall
Matching Green: Kingdons
Matching:  The Hall.  Two views
Newport: Heatons
Pleshey: Pleshey Bury [see http://www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk/en-426055-dovecote-or-granary-west-of-plesheybury-#.VbSNk_lViko  The illustration posted is reproduced from Smith’s book, and from the cover of Essex Archaeology and History News, No. 103 (August 1988)]
Saling Bardfield [Great Saling]: Woolpits. Two views. [The Dovecote, Woolpits Road, is a conversion to a property and available to let:  http://www.grayandcompany.co.uk/LettingsDetails.asp?propcode=238&graycode=dovecote

Steeple Bumpstead: Bower Hall  [The illustration posted is reproduced from Smith’s book, and from the cover of Essex Archaeology and History News, No. 103 (August 1988)]
Stisted: Hotfield Grange
Wendon Lofts: The Hall. Interior
West Thurrock (Purfleet): High House. Two views S.W. & N.E.  [The Essex Society for Archaeology and History visited this dovecote in 1990 and 2014.]
Wethersfield: Great Codham Hall
Widdington: Ringers
Witham: Witham Lodge

Essex Dove Houses.  Plates taken by J H Bullock Esq., M.A. in 1914-15.

Parish: House  [list rearranged in alphabetical order]
Finchingfield: Cornish Hall Farm. Two views S.E. & N.W.
Finchingfield: Jekylls
Finchingfield: Oldbournes
Finchingfield: Spains Hall
Gestingthorpe: Moat House Farm
Gestingthorpe: Over Hall. Two views S & N
Great Bardfield: The Hall. Two views
Great Maplestead: Chelmshoe House
Great Maplestead: Dynes Hall
Great Maplestead: Dynes Hall. Two views
Great Saling (Bardfield Saling): Woolpits. Two views
Great Yeldham: The Hall
Little Easton
Marks Hall: The Hall
Matching Green: Kingdons
Newport: Heatons
Newport: Shortgrove
Rickling Green: Bury Farm
Rickling: Church End Farm
Steeple Bumpstead: Bower Hall
Steeple Bumpstead: Claydon’s Cottage
Wendon Lofts: The Hall. Exterior S.E.
Wendon Lofts: The Hall. Two exteriors N.W.
Wendon Lofts: The Hall. Two interiors
West Thurrock (Purfleet): High House. Two views
West Thurrock: Montgomerys Farm. Two views
Widdington: Ringers
Widdington: Ringers
Wimbish: Tiptofts. Two of same
Wimbish: Tiptofts. Two views

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