Has been described as a Questionable Uncertain
There are major building remains
Circa 40ft high, probably used for sheltering cattle in medieval period against Scottish raiders. Fine example of a dovecote, perhaps late medieval. Originally may have been a windmill as there are two doors at ground level on the east and west sides, with at least eight windows at various levels. (Northumberland HER ref. DOE (IAM) AMs Eng: Northum 114)
Haggerston Dovecote is a small tapering stone tower rising to 9 metres, with a diameter of 6.7 metres. The dovecote had a conical roof with stone tiles, though today it stands roofless. In the interior of the tower are 527 brick nesting boxes, which are accessed by means of a rotating ladder called a potence - believed to be the only surviving example in the North East.
'The tower has several blocked windows and doors (including diametrically opposed ground floor doors - one blocked) and some arch stones at present ground level, which together with the fact that existing walls seem to have been lined with the nesting boxes, all suggest a former windmill.' (Stafford Linsley's annotation)
It has been suggested that this structure may have originally been a tower used to shelter cattle from Border Rievers.
Haggerston Dovecote is somewhat reminiscent of the Scottish vaulted tower mills, five of which were converted to dovecots (Douglas G., Oglethorpe, M, & Hume J. R., (1984) Scottish Windmills: A Survey, Glasgow: University of Strathclyde, p2). (Structural Images of the North East)
SMR report reads 'This circular building may originally have been a tower used to shelter cattle from Scottish raiders. It is then thought to have been converted into a windmill and then a dovecote, sometime between C17 and C19. It has a conical roof, built of timber, and roofed with stone tiles, though it is badly damaged
It contains over 500 brick nesting boxes and the remains of a rotating ladder which was used to reach the boxes.' The SMR include this in a listing titled 'castles, forts and defence'
This site is a scheduled monument protected by law
This is a Grade 2 listed building protected by law
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