The Dovecote is fact one of the largest Dovecotes in England. Pigeons breed throughout the year were once housed in dovecote colonies all across the country as a source of winter meat. This particular dovecote has an incredible 2,300 nesting places all of which go 14 inches into the wall. The School behind and to the right of the Dovecote was built in 1871. It opened for business in 1872 with 48 pupils and also did a night school for adults.