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Dovecote restored in Thoroton

18 October 2012
A 500 year old dovecote has been restored in the village of Thoroton.


The £24,000 restoration work has been funded by Nottinghamshire County Council’s Local Improvement Scheme. 


The work included re-thatching the roof, re-pointing and surveying works and an interpretation panel detailing the history of the circular dovecote.

Situated off Main Street, it is one of only three circular dovecotes in the county, the other two being Sibthorpe and Barnby in the Willows. 


The state of repair of the medieval structure is also closely monitored by the Nottinghamshire Building Preservation Trust.

Coun Martin Suthers, who approved the funding for the latest restoration work, said: “The re-thatching and re-pointing work has restored the dovecote to its former glory and the interpretation panel is also a welcome addition.

“It is vital that we repair structures like this for future generations so that they can fully appreciate their historical past.”

Jason Morden, the county council’s historical buildings leader, added: “This 14th century dovecote has been restored on a number of occasions over the years and the survey work threw up a number of areas that needed urgent work.

“The latest repairs were needed because of a number of cracks in the stone walls and the roof was ready for a fresh thatch.”

Pictured at the dovecote is Coun Suthers with Allan Wahlers from the Notts Building Preservation Trust.


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