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HADDINGTON HALL

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Site of Haddington Hall, an early 17th century manor house which incorporated the remains of two earlier manor houses, West Hall and East Hall. The only surviving standing structure is a stone-built dovecote, now roofless. It may date to 1554, the date of the first reference to a dovecote on the site, or it may be a late 16th/early 17th century rebuilding. The dovecote stands near the centre of a broad platform extending along the south side of Dovecote Lane. It is bounded to the east by a sunken trackway which leads to a second platform containing a series of earthworks representing the remains of a building. A third enclosure lies adjacent to the east and contains further building remains and a sunken yard. This is believed to be the site of Haddington Hall, recorded in 1658 as having a hall, library, kitchen, pantry, dairy, chambers, closet, brewhouse and stables. West Hall, documented circa 1588, had a hall, parlour, kitchen, larder, pantry, chambers, bakehouse and milkhouse. The fourth enclosure, which lies to the north of the yard, is believed to have been used for cultivation and paddocks. South of these enclosures lie another series of earthworks, representing the remains of the associated formal gardens. These include a prospect mound and a moat containing two fishponds. Traces of ridge and furrow survive to the west of the gardens. The north east corner of the site contains the remains of the chapel of St Nicholas, first documented in 1233 and demolished by 1850.

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