|Location||Bruton, Somerset, England|
|Official name: Dovecote about 370 metres South of Bruton Church (also known as Pigeon Tower)|
|Designated||24 March 1961|
The Bruton Dovecote was built in the 16th century in Bruton in the English county of Somerset. It was at one time used as a house, possibly as a watchtower and as a dovecote. It is a Grade II* listed building and ancient monument. It is managed by the National Trust.
The building was once within the deerpark of Bruton Abbey and was adapted by the monks from a gabled Tudor tower. The conversion to be a dovecote took place around 1780. It has over 200 pigeon holes. Pigeons and doves were an important food source historically kept for their eggs, flesh, and dung.
The square tower was built of local stone with Doulting stone dressings. Although it is now a roofless ruin and some of the windows have been blocked up, it previously had a chimney and the fireplace can still be seen. The National Trust acquired the freehold from Sir Henry Hugh Arthur Hoare of the Hoare baronets, whose family seat was at Stourhead, in 1915.
In the 1980s the dovecote was inspected as part of an investigation into an outbreak of psittacosis a zoonotic infectious disease caused by a bacterium called Chlamydophila psittaci which is also known as parrot disease or parrot fever, at the adjoining King's School but no cause was found for the infection.
In 2010 restoration work was undertaken including repairs to the tops of the walls which are exposed as the building no longer has a roof. Wall ties were used on the south west corner where the masonry was bulging. In addition car parking and educational signage was provided. This was partially funded by South Somerset council, Bruton Town Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund to a total of £105,000.
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