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Willington Dovecote


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A Tudor dovecote built in 1541 by Sir John Gostwick, who served as Cardinal Wolsey's Master of Horse. No less than 1500 nesting boxes for pigeons line the walls of the dovecote. The cote and adjoining stable block are thought to have been built with stone from Newnham Priory after the Dissolution of the Monasteries. It illustrates the lengths Tudor and Stuart landowners would go to obtain fresh meat. In the Middle Ages and Tudor period pigeons were a food of the wealthy and ordinary farmers were not allowed to kill or eat them!

9th Aug 2008 by Diane Earl


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Tudor, stuart, middle ages, dovecote, pigeons

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