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HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Almost unaltered 16th century construction
There were originally three floors, but now the interior is open to the rafters. This has the benefit of allowing you to easily see how the roof was built. What makes Hawford's dovecote so attractive is that it has escaped alteration and remains essentially as it was built in the late 16th century. It truly is a picturesque building, with a striking and unusual design. The dovecote is listed Grade II* for its heritage interest.
VisitingThe dovecote is located just off the A449, south of Ombersley. A minor road heads east from the A449 and within a few hundred yards you come to a junction. The dovecote is just to the right of the junction, beside Hawford Grange. Thee is no parking, so you'll have to find a spot to pull over along the verge. The dovecote stands immediately outside the Grange gates, but is easily accessible from the lane.
In theory you can walk around the entire building, though when we visited in early March there were brambles encroaching on the rear of the structure, making it awkward to say the least. You can, however, easily see two sides without any trouble, and gain access to the interior.
I found the interior quite unusual; I expected to see rows of nesting boxes, as at nearby Wichenford (also National Trust), but there were no nesting boxes at ground level. What you find instead is a beautifully timber-framed interior, with low floor joists above your head. The floor is open in the middle so you can look up through the joists to the cupola high above where the birds enter in.
The birds can also enter through slots in the walls, and there is a row of nesting boxes on the first floor, formed by wooden slats. Its a very curious interior, and I can't help but wonder of it has been alteed at some point in its history.
A visit to both Hawford and Wichenford dovecotes can easily be combined with a trip to see Hanbury Hall.
About Hawford Dovecote
Address: Hawford, Worcestershire, England, WR3 7SG
Attraction Type: Historic Building
Location: Normally open during daylight hours (9-6pm or dusk). Parking along the verge on the drive to Hawford Grange.
Website: Hawford Dovecote
Phone: 01527 821214
National Trust - see also: National Trust memberships (official website link)
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Worcester City Museum and Art Gallery - 3.3 miles (Museum)
Worcester, St Swithun's Church - 3.6 miles (Historic Church)
Worcester Guildhall - 3.6 miles (Historic Building)
The Greyfriars - 3.7 miles (Historic Building)
Tudor House - 3.8 miles (Historic Building)
Wichenford Dovecote - 3.8 miles (Historic Building)
Worcester Cathedral - 3.8 miles (Cathedral)
Commandery - 3.9 miles (Museum)
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