Ayton Castle, Dovecot

April 2015
Category A

Restoration of projecting ledge and domed roof supply of octagonal timber cupola and full repointing.

16th century 2-stage, circular-plan, beehive dovecot to the East of Ayton Castle. Alighting ledge approximately 10ft above ground, wall slightly recessed above projecting ledge. Square-headed doorway to South with sandstone panel centered above, inscribed ‘T. F. E.W. Possibly to commemorate the completion of repairs although much weathered, the date appears to read 1745 Stone-slabbed, shallow-domed roof with circular aperture at center covered by later, octagonal-plan, boarded timber capping with regularly spaced flight holes.

A fine example of rural stonemasonry standing the test of time and worth a visit for any stone mason or person interested in a day out from Edinburgh, East Lothian, Northumberland or the Scottish Borders.

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