Works to conserve and repair the grade II listed Pimp Hall dovecote, located in Chingford, London are now complete. Overseen by Dan Martin and Stephen Athanasiou, this timber framed building, which dates from the 17th Century, is one of the few remaining examples of this type of dovecote construction in the country.
Saved from Historic England’s ‘Buildings at Risk’ register, the building was originally owned by the Pympe family, the Dovecote was used to store birds to provide game. Now the sole surviving structure from that bygone era, it sits alone within the heart of the Pimp Hall Nature Reserve and is frequented daily by local community groups, schools and members of the public.
The sensitive restoration demonstrates the team’s commitment to using traditional building materials and techniques to return the building to its former appearance and improve access and function. Soon to be reopened to the public, the dovecote will provide a facility to accommodate an artist in residence, with the lower ground floor to be used as a studio space, with the upper floor providing a space for exhibitions.