dovecote. dunster.

dovecote. dunster, somerset.  it is approximately 5.8 m high and 5.8 m in diameter, with walls around 1.2 m thick. there are five hundred and forty nest-holes. the architectural features suggest it may have been constructed in the 14th century. It would originally have belonged to the benedictine priory of dunster, a cell of bath abbey. domestic pigeons were kept to provide a luxury food from the breast meat of young pigeons. notably only lords of the manor and parish priests were allowed to keep them.

 

 

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