West Dean 14th century dovecote open to the public

A DOVECOTE dating back to the 14th century in West Dean will be open to the public on Saturday September 10 and Sunday September 11.

Entry will be free to the scheduled ancient monument which is supported by English Heritage,

The dovecote was first recorded in 1385 and was restored in 2009, although the earliest part of the farm goes back to 2700BC.

Inside are chalk blocks and a spectacular revolving ladder has been rebuilt.

It will be a rare chance to see inside the dovecote, as it used a barn owl site.

Owner Julian Martyr said: “This is a rare opportunity to see the dovecote open and restored with original materials.

“We are supported by English Heritage and their aim is to open as many buildings on these days.

“We welcome this initiative to discover our heritage.”

On the farm are the remains of a Tudor manor house and Jacobean banqueting pavilion.

Other attractions include a Georgian barn which is under repair and a farm bothy in the orchard.

The dovecote and farm are open from 10am to 4pm each day.

There is free parking in the upper field opposite the church and the South Downs number 12 bus service stops at Exceat Farm.

It just a ten minute quiet walk away though the woods to West Dean village.