This Dovecot in the grounds of Manor Farm pre-dates the Farmhouse and is a surviving structure from the original manorial buildings, sensitively repaired and converted to domestic use.
The truth about the nature and age of this barn was discovered through a glimpse of a dark but unmistakable pattern of an ancient internal dovecot wall through the partially collapsed upper floor of the derelict building. The structure was unsafe; rotting roof trusses were dropping, distorting rafters, wall plates and stone walls below to create a dangerous lean, threatening this rough-cut jewel of a building with collapse.
Over a period of six months the builders painstakingly secured the structure using counterweighted temporary scaffolding completely wrapping the structure. Parts of the bulging external wall were rebuilt stone by stone. The remainder of the walls have been beautifully repointed and stabilised with a special lime mix. The original roof structure and king post trusses have been raised, repaired and invisibly strengthened where needed, overlain with new oak boarding and reflective insulation. The crowning glory of this resurrection is the new stone slate roof, as would have originally been used for the roof.
Finally, a new first floor was created, the previous joists were well beyond recovery, so new joists were installed new limed oak floorboards on the original repaired, lowered and levelled 'summer' beams . We managed a few modern twists, the LED secret lighting, obligatory glass panel balustrade and carefully detailed stair in oak planks has been inserted to give access to a glorious new sitting room.