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Ascott Park Dovecote

Stadhampton, Oxfordshire

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Situated 100 metres northwest of Ascott Park Farmhouse, in a field that once used to be Ascott Park, sits 2 octagonal brick built buildings.  One is thatched and used to be an ice house with a granary above. The other is a 16th century dovecote with a tiled roof and circular interior.

The dovecote is a single storey building, octagonal in plan constructed of red brick with diapers of vitrified headers and with a plain tile roof. The walls have a corbel table of moulded bricks forming trefoiled arches, grey vitrified headers form patterns of horizontal zig-zag, diaper and Flemish-bond chequer on wall surfaces below. The doorway and 3-light casements are later insertions. The roof has 4 small dormer openings and a low central cupola.

Inside the structure is circular and the walls have tiers of nesting boxes. The roof has butt purlins and is probably largely original.

Ascott Park once housed a substantial manor house which existed on the site in the 1600's, it was damaged in 1642, re-built in 1660, burnt down in 1662 and rebuilt again. It was used as a dower house until at least 1728, but disappered in the early 19th century with the park and most of the gardens now pasture land or woodland for nearby Ascott Park Farm. Although that remains or the original as an earthworks of the formal gardens and park and these two structures originally formed part of the formal gardens of Ascott Park.

It is not open to the public by a pubic foot path, Shakespear's Way, runs through the park close by. They can be seen from the road, through the hedges, but also there is a lane on the right which takes you to the farm, which also doubles up at part of the local public footpath system, so you can walk up here and they can be viewed and photographed from this position.

The thatched structure in the foreground is the ice house/granary
the structure behind is the dovecote.
Photo by Andrew Smith

Location: Ascott Park Dovecotes, Stadhampton, Oxfordshire

Grid Reference: SU611982 Ceremonial County: Oxfordshire

Map Link: Multimap

Aerial photo: Multimap Aerial

Getting there: From M40 take junction 7 onto A329 to Stadhampton. Just past the church take the B480 to Chalgrove and Ascott Park is along on the right hand side.

Access: No public access to dovecote but the Shakespeare's Way Footpath runs through the park close to the Dovecote.
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Address: Ascott Park, Stadhampton, Oxfordshire
Postcode: OX44 7UJ Telephone:
Opening Times: Any reasonable time

Charges: None

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Page Ref: ascott_park_dovecot Topic: Dovecots  Last Updated: 09/2010


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