Brick-by-brick move planned for historic dovecote

Bulwell Dovecote 2001
Bulwell Dovecote 2001

ENTERPRISING plans are being discussed to move the historic Bulwell dovecote to a new location — in a painstaking brick-by-crick operation.

The 17th-century dovecote (pictured), off Commercial Road, is earmarked for a proposed move to Bulwell Bogs recreation park, next to Lower Main Street. The Friends of Bulwell Bogs group wants to make the relocation its special project over the next four years.

Speaking at the Friends’ annual general meeting, the chairman, Coun Jackie Morris (Lab), said the dovecote was vulnerable to vandalism in its present position.

She pointed out that the roof was badly damaged six years ago and it cost £50,000 to make repairs.

The dovecote’s original purpose was to keep birds for food during the winter months. Bulwell’s dovecote is believed to be one of only two in England which still has its nesting-boxes.

Once the dovecote has been moved, it has been suggested that the building could be used as a new access centre to the Bogs to incorporate changing-rooms and toilets.

The total cost has been estimated at £500,000 and the Friends would seek funding from the National Lottery.

Coun Mrs Morris reported that in the ten years since the start of a campaign launched by the Friends, at least £750,000 had been spent on improvements to the Bogs and none of this amount had needed to come out of the council tax.

She added: “I think the Friends can feel very proud of what they have achieved over the past decade.”

This week marked the third anniversary of a groundbreaking £376,000 water park on the Bogs being officially launched. A £30,000 memory garden was opened at the site in May.