Under Bolton Farm

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Alternative Names Under Bolton Farm; Dovecot; Doocot
Site Type DOVECOT, FARMSTEAD
Canmore ID 56546
Site Number NT57SW 55
NGR NT 50695 70054
Council EAST LOTHIAN
Parish BOLTON
Former Region LOTHIAN
Former District EAST LOTHIAN
Former County EAST LOTHIAN
Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Archaeological Notes

NT57SW 55 50695 70054

Dovecot, Bolton: Attached to farm buildings at Bolton there is a cylindrical 18th century (J Whitaker 1938) dovecot with a conical slate roof surmounted by a fine wooden glover. It is 45ft in circumference and 25ft high; the random rubble walls are 1ft 9 ins thick. There are two string courses, one about 12ft up, the other just under the roof. The door is now nailed shut; Whitaker records 710 nests. Pigeons still occupy this dovecot, entering by the glover.
D C Bailey and M C Tindall 1963; C McWilliam 1978

NT 5069 7006. This dovecot is as described.
Visited by OS (BS) 8 July 1975

January 2008 to March 2008
 STANDING BUILDING RECORDING

Notes NT 50695 70054 An evaluation and Level 3 historic building recording were undertaken January–March 2008 prior to the farm’s redevelopment. The steading consists of two cart sheds with associated granaries, two cattle byres, a calf byre, a farm cottage, an ancillary stable, a possible former threshing barn and the remains of an 18th-century dovecot. The steading range dates to the 18th century, with several phases of rebuilding occurring during the 19th century, followed by considerable expansion in the 20th century. It is a typical 19th-century Lothian farm steading and its building history provides a good example of the type of expansion that took place in 18th- and 19th- century farms, in response to the economic growth of the agricultural industry in Lothian during this period.
Archive: RCAHMS (intended)
Funder: NGP Architects
Anya Rardin (AOC Archaeology Group), 2008

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East Lothian Historic Environment Record

East Lothian Historic Environment Record


 
Books and References

Bailey and Tindall, D C and M C (1963) 'Dovecots of East Lothian', Trans Ancient Monuments Soc, New, vol.11
Page(s): 32 Held at RCAHMS D.7.11.BAI

McWilliam, C E (1978a) Lothian except Edinburgh, The Buildings of Scotland series Harmondsworth
Page(s): 108 Held at RCAHMS Quick

Rardin, A (2008b) 'Under Bolton Farm Steading, Bolton, East Lothian (Bolton parish), standing building recording', Discovery Excav Scot, New, vol.9 Cathedral Communications Limited, Wiltshire, England.
Page(s): 60

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