History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
You can see the remains of a fireplace inside - very unusual if it was only a dovecote, for the pigeons wouldn't need a fire! The most likely explanation is that there was a late medieval building here and it was later converted into a dovecote, possibly by the Berkeley family who bought Bruton Abbey after the Dissolution of the Monasteries. Evidence for use as a watch tower is scanty; an 18th century sketch shows the dovecote with a chimney on the roof, so it was definitely used for some kind of habitation.
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About Bruton Dovecote
Address: Stourhead Estate, Warminster, Somerset, England, BA10 0NS
Attraction Type: Historic Building
Location: On the hilltop above Bruton village. The MacMillan Way trail runs beside the dovecote.
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Photo Credit: Image is (c) Tim Tay
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