The Dovecote

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There is no documentary evidence for the dovecote's date of construction but some of the architectural features suggest it may have been as long ago as the 14th century. Would originally have belonged to the Benedictine Priory of Dunster which was a cell of Bath Abbey. Domestic Pigeons were kept to provide Squabs a luxury food from the breast meat of young pigeons. From the 12th century to 1619 only Lords of the Manor and parish priests were allowed to keep them. The priory was abolished in the dissolution of the monasteries in 1539, and property belonging to it was sold to the Luttrell family of Dunster Castle.

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Comments (16)

Klaus Hoyer on May 6, 2013

like me, our lofts are beautifully recorded 8 corner, and many greetings to you Like

Jutta Pohlers on May 6, 2013

Fantastische Aufnahme und herrliche Farben Like Viele Grüße Jutta

kinderbill / Bill … on May 6, 2013

Another great image Rosa, good contrast, and the green's look beautiful. well done. regards Bill. /LIKE

Rosalyn Hilborne on May 6, 2013

williclip and jutt@pohlers, thank you both very much for your kind comments. The soil in this area is quite red so shows in the stone.

Best wishes, Rosa.

Rosalyn Hilborne on May 6, 2013

kinderbill, thank you. I love the bright new greens of springtime. Regards, Rosa.

Andy Rodker on May 7, 2013

I like this shot very much. like Best wishes, Andy

Bobsky. on May 7, 2013

Hi Rosa Good interesting subject good colour, not sure about how the Doves would have would have gained access, I expect that over the last 500 years this building had many uses. L/5. Regards Bob

Leif Fielstrup Guldb… on May 7, 2013

Wonderful picture, interesting story. LIKE

Greetings, Leif.

Rosalyn Hilborne on May 7, 2013

Andy Rodker, much appreciated Andy. Best wishes, Rosa.

Bobsky, good point Bob! I think your explanation is probably right. Regards, Rosa.

Leif Fielstrup Guldb…, although I have been to Dunster many times, this is the first I have seen of the dovecote...always something new ;D Best wishes, Rosa.

Rosalyn Hilborne on May 7, 2013


First time I had seen this Ian. Would you believe it, I was a bit lost...had to ask someone the way back to the High Street!! I think I need a walking sat nav!

AnneliesMacro&More on May 10, 2013

lovely capture of this tower, a wonderful history, like

best wishes, Annelies

Rosalyn Hilborne on May 10, 2013


Thank you Annelies. I wish you a great weekend, Rosa.

Ildikó A. on May 12, 2013

Lovely historical building, superb photo Rosa.

Like. Cheers, Ildikó

Rosalyn Hilborne on May 12, 2013

Ildikó A.

Thank you very much for your great comment Ildikó.

Best wishes, Rosa.

Excellent photo, nice colors! Like!

Rosalyn Hilborne on May 21, 2013


Thank you for your very nice comment Nikos.

Best wishes, Rosa.

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on May 6, 2013
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    by Rosalyn Hilborne
    • Taken on 2013/05/05 13:58:49
    • Exposure: 0.005s (1/200)
    • Focal Length: 20.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/7.100
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash