Dovecote Much Marcle

Careful restoration of an intricate Dovecote built in 1641

The trustees of the Pennington-Mellor-Munthe Charitable Trust at Hellens, Much Marcle instructed us to repair the 17th Century octagonal Dovecote.  The work formed part of a programme of repairs to bring redundant buildings back into use. 

Dovecote Much Marcle
Dovecote Much Marcle
Dovecote Much Marcle

The Project

The Dovecote was re-roofed, keeping the existing tile pattern and incorporating sheepswool insulation to improve the thermal efficiency of the building.  Where needed, the building was re-pointed in lime mortar.  An oak floor was reinstated to re-create the first floor and a bespoke oak stairs was built to follow the octagonal walls.  Natural light was allowed in by glazing the lantern at the top. 

Dovecote Much Marcle

The Project

The Dovecote was re-roofed, keeping the existing tile pattern and incorporating sheepswool insulation to improve the thermal efficiency of the building.  Where needed, the building was re-pointed in lime mortar.  An oak floor was reinstated to re-create the first floor and a bespoke oak stairs was built to follow the octagonal walls.  Natural light was allowed in by glazing the lantern at the top. 

Dovecote Much Marcle
Dovecote Much Marcle
Dovecote Much Marcle
Dovecote Much Marcle

The Project

The Dovecote was re-roofed, keeping the existing tile pattern and incorporating sheepswool insulation to improve the thermal efficiency of the building.  Where needed, the building was re-pointed in lime mortar.  An oak floor was reinstated to re-create the first floor and a bespoke oak stairs was built to follow the octagonal walls.  Natural light was allowed in by glazing the lantern at the top. 

The Story

Hellens Manor house and gardens are open to the public.  Details of accessibility, opening times and tariff can be found at hellensmanor.com.  The Dovecote has been gently repaired and is now used as an artists’ space.  It has been preserved for future generations to enjoy.

Dovecote Much Marcle
Dovecote Much Marcle
Dovecote Much Marcle