There has been a dovecote at Carew Manor from late medieval times which stood in Pigeon House Meadow, to the east of the present site. It was probably demolished and replaced by the existing large octagonal brick building between 1707 and 1727, when the first Baronet, Sir Nicholas Carew, reorganised the grounds around the house. It originally contained about 1360 nesting boxes built into the inner face of the wall, giving it a complex honeycomb-like structure. The large rotating ladder or potence used by the keepers to raided the nesting boxes for eggs and young birds ('squabs') is still in situ. Our tours start at the Dovecote and take in the Grade I listed Great Hall of Carew Manor as well as the 18th century Orangery wall.
For 2015 Two tours on each open day: at 2pm and 3.30pm. Sunday 19 April Sunday 14 June Sunday 13 September Sunday 18 October Closed: Outside opening hours listed above. Special arrangements may be made for pre-booked groups during school holidays.
Tickets for tour: £5.00 Adults; £2.50 Children
- International Council of Museums
- Museums Association
Buses: 407, 410, 463, X26 Nearest rail station: Wallington, then bus 410 or 463; or Waddon, then 407 / 410. Parking available in Carew Manor School grounds.
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