Alvecote Priory
Alvecote Priory
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"Lost & Forgotten"
2.0 of 5 bubblesJun 2023
I travelled from work in Coventry, on a Friday afternoon to visit the site. I wasn't sure what I would find, but hoped that some actions had been taken to clear the area, allow parking, and remove any ivy from the walls, as well as maintain the dovecote. Well, nothing appears to have changed, and this was a wasted journey. Someone has clearly decided to turn their back on this heritage site. I passed the site and ended-up back in Tamworth. The sign was hidden behind bushes/hedges; there was no 'brown sign' or road signage guiding the visitor. When I did spot the area on a second attempt, I parked near the gate. The site is covered in hip-high grass, but there are some clear footpaths, and the main ruin of the priory (arch etc.) is clear, but this is the only positive point. The dovecote is the place I wanted to visit, but this was completely overgrown, and access was barred by brambles (the whole path was just choked with them). I walked around the canal towpath, and ivy covered the building, although you could make out the rectangular shape of the building - if you didn't know it was there, you would simply miss it. This appears to be the mindset of the local authority - ignore it, hide it and no one has to worry about it, because eventually no one will visit it or raise any questions about it. This is a building deemed to be at risk by Heritage England, who make references to "the modern car park, picnic tables and post and wire fences and all modern paths"; I think time has moved on since the site was scheduled and last visited - the only amenity for the visitor is a smelly dog waste bin, which gives the site a certain odour on a warm sunny day. I hope that one day, better access is provided, some useful signage that actually highlights or guides the visitor to the place is erected, and the dovecote is cleared and basically restored. It wouldn't take a lot, but I don't think anyone really cares...

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BigSid1965
Hinckley, UK2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
I travelled from work in Coventry, on a Friday afternoon to visit the site. I wasn't sure what I would find, but hoped that some actions had been taken to clear the area, allow parking, and remove any ivy from the walls, as well as maintain the dovecote.
Well, nothing appears to have changed, and this was a wasted journey. Someone has clearly decided to turn their back on this heritage site.
I passed the site and ended-up back in Tamworth. The sign was hidden behind bushes/hedges; there was no 'brown sign' or road signage guiding the visitor. When I did spot the area on a second attempt, I parked near the gate. The site is covered in hip-high grass, but there are some clear footpaths, and the main ruin of the priory (arch etc.) is clear, but this is the only positive point.
The dovecote is the place I wanted to visit, but this was completely overgrown, and access was barred by brambles (the whole path was just choked with them). I walked around the canal towpath, and ivy covered the building, although you could make out the rectangular shape of the building - if you didn't know it was there, you would simply miss it.
This appears to be the mindset of the local authority - ignore it, hide it and no one has to worry about it, because eventually no one will visit it or raise any questions about it. This is a building deemed to be at risk by Heritage England, who make references to "the modern car park, picnic tables and post and wire fences and all modern paths"; I think time has moved on since the site was scheduled and last visited - the only amenity for the visitor is a smelly dog waste bin, which gives the site a certain odour on a warm sunny day.
I hope that one day, better access is provided, some useful signage that actually highlights or guides the visitor to the place is erected, and the dovecote is cleared and basically restored. It wouldn't take a lot, but I don't think anyone really cares...
Written 24 June 2023
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Barb
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Friends
Overgrown, needs attention from the council. The car park has been closed due to “vandalism”. The only vandalism is by the council leaving this heritage spot (and earliest dovecote in Warwickshire!) to decay.
Written 30 August 2020
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Pamela S
Bristol, UK164 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Friends
Attractive area to walk but car park is closed on this side so use one by heritage centre . Lots of history and wildlife along the canal etc . Good eating at nearby pubs or Newton Regis garden centre cafe.
Written 16 July 2017
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Shelbypoppit
Dobrich, Bulgaria3,154 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017
No signs or information to tell you the history or heritage of the priory, nowhere to park, overgrown with weeds, strewn with rubbish.
The old stone building is calling out to be looked after and become a place to visit but instead is left to rot
Written 21 May 2017
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