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Duntisbourne Leer Farm Dovecot

Cirencester, Gloucestershire

Location Guide

There are a group of villages and hamlets just north of Cirencester, in the Cotswolds, known locally as 'The Duntisbournes'. These are Duntisbourne Abbots,  Duntisbourne Leer, Duntisbourne Rouse and Middle Duntisbourne.

The most well known and photographed of these is Duntisbourne Leer. It appears in most tourist guides and travel books that cover the Cotswolds and as soon as you get there it will be instantly recognisable, having appeared on tins of biscuits and other products. It is in fact a hamlet, and once belonged to the Abbey of Lire in Normandy, France until 1416, when it was given to Cirencester Abbey. It's local parish church is in the nearby village of Duntisbourne Abbots.

As you leave the A417 for 'The Duntisbournes' you come to a fork in the road, keeping to the left fork you will eventually start to go downhill and at the bottom will come to a Ford, that crosses the road, the farm house is ahead of you, its dovecote being on the gable end wall.

From the 18th century, when fewer pigeons were being bred for food, dovecots started to be incorporated into other buildings, particularly farm buildings, such as barns, stables and sometimes into the eaves of larger farmhouses. It is likely that this farmhouse has been extended at sometime to incorporate an existing barn and therefore the dovecot within this gable end originally was part of the barn. Today there are 46 entry points across 8 rows on the gable end of this building, but there are also further entry points along the front of the same structure. The day I visited there were also white doves on the roof and near the entry points so perhaps it is still used today, although for decoration and not food, I hope!!

The Gable End

Home to Roost, although as you can see some holes have been blocked

In the same position there is another house which also has a dovecote built into it see Duntisbourne Leer Cottage Dovecot for more on this.

You can drive through Duntisbourne Leer Ford.   The roads in this area are single track so parking up can be a problem, but as long as you only intend to take a picture and then move on, pulling on the side where the houses park their cars in the evenings is acceptable.

Don't forget to also take the opportunity to photograph the ford while you are here. Going through the Ford, around the sharp lefthand bend, there is a road on the right marked 'unsuitable for motor vehicles' so not a wise move to go down here. The reason for this is that this is a 'Wet Lane', Duntisbourne Wet Lane, so if you want to photograph this at the same time find somewhere safe to park up and take a walk down the lane. See our location guide on this to see what you will be missing if you don't take the opportunity to see it while you are here.

The Dovecote and Ford

Location: Dunstisbourne Leer Farm Dovecot, Crabtree Lane Gloucestershire

Grid Reference: SO975075 Ceremonial County: Gloucestershire

Map Link: Multimap

Aerial photo: Multimap Aerial 

Getting there: From A417 take the exit to 'The Dunitsbournes', at the first junction take left at the next fork take the left fork, you are now in Crabtree Lane, follow this until you come to the Ford. The dovecot is on the gable end of the Farmhouse ahead of you at the Ford.

Access: Can be photographed from the road, right next to one of the best photogenic fords.
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Address: Crabtree Lane, Gloucestershire
Postcode: GL7 7AS Telephone:
Opening Times: All reasonable times

Charges: None

Nearby Locations:  Duntisbourne Leer Cottage Dovecot    Duntisbourne Leer Ford  

Duntisbourne Wet Lane

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Other Relevant Pages:  Dovecots   Dovecots in England    Dovecots in Wales

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