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Friday, July 31, 2009

What's A Dovecote?

As a child, I remember my grandfather having a pigeon coop in the back of his Newark, New Jersey home. It was built with wooden boards, had a swinging blue door, and several compartments for the pigeons to sleep and walk around.

Well, as a child, I knew nothing about these creatures or their history. I knew they were unbelievably smart and in some cases lovable, but I never really knew the real story about them. Seeing as how I love history and I just had to get to the bottom of this, I discovered something highly unusual about their residence many years ago.

Dovecote birdhouses were used to house pigeons for food and flesh. At the end of a residence, a square or circular building would be constructed with holes for nesting. These structures were typically used in Medieval Europe, where these signified power and wealth.

Interestingly enough, many of these medieval structures are still standing today in France, the United Kingdom, and Scotland. Read More about Dovecotes

1 Comment:

Bob Johnson said...

Very interesting, I now look at them differently, more of a nuisance then anything else here at our mall, always sneaking into the mall and creating havoc,lol.

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