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Historic House, Fri 7 Sep 2018, free entry

Motcombe Gardens

Motcombe Gardens


See inside the usually closed Motcombe Dovecote and discover the story of Rats, Ruins and Regeneration of this historic building.

The Dovecote in Motcombe Gardens is a Grade II listed building but the original listing is rather vague: “Round tower dovecote of knapped flint. Red conical tile roof. Buttress, 3 steps and plain wooden door to barn.”

Dovecotes have been used in Britain since the Roman period, but the earliest free standing remains date from the Thirteenth or early Fourteenth Century. As the name suggests they were for the nesting of doves or pigeons, where the young birds or squabs were used for food by the elites of society who could afford such extravagances. Squabs were highly prized for the table and would be collected from the Dovecotes throughout the year except
in the winter months when breeding was very rare.

The history of the Manor of Eastbourne is a complex one and still the best summary of it appears in the a Reverend Budgen's 1912 book "Old Eastbourne, Its Church, Its Clergy, Its History".

Come along and discover some fascinating local history and find out how it ties into England's wider history and heritage.

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Fri 7 Sep 2018 14:00 to 17:00


Free entry

No booking required

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Fri 7 Sep Heritage Open Day


Jo Seaman


Old Town,
BN21 1PU



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Map reference: OA 597958  Lat: 50.77385 Long: 0.26464

Situated in the heart of Old Town opposite Motcombe Pool

Parking: free

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