A rare 17th century dovecote, possibly dating to the first quarter of the century. Roofless now, but wonderful still, with quoins and stepped gables. Within are the many nesting boxes, rising as far as the eaves. Dovecotes were raised by the wealthy and influential upon their land - showcasing their wealth and status. The pigeons or doves were kept as year round food, while their feathers were also used and their dropping a source of fertilser. The Gop Farm Dovecote is a listed building, but freely accessible at the base of Gop Hill. It was here that many of the Neolithic bones from nearby Gop Cave were kept, before mysteriously disappearing.
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