WAINFLEET’S ancient dovecote at Dovecote Farm, restored by Lincolnshire County Council, was topped out last Tuesday.
The grade II listed dovecote, which dates from the middle of the 19th century, has been painstakingly restored by J.T. Turner and Sons of Wainfleet, under the watchful eye of a national expert on dovecotes, architect John Severn.
The restoration has involved extensive repointing and the replacement of the door and windows with more authentic designs. The new roof was based on the few salvaged remnants of the old roof and “jigsawed” together with the help of photographs supplied by local residents to ensure its authenticity.
The restoring of the dovecote, which can now be seen from the A52 Skegness to Boston road, is part of the county
council’s continuing responsibility for the care of the environment.
Photo: Builder Robin Turner, of Wainfleet firm J.T. Turner and Sons, places the flag to top out the village’s restored dovecote last Tuesday. Also pictured at the ceremony are (from left) Mike Harries, from Lincolnshire County Council’s property department, Fred Harness, chairman of the Wainfleet Heritage Society, committee members Charles Burkitt and Arthur Fowler, and architect John Severn, vice-chairman of the Historic Farm Buildings Group.