SO4522 : View from an ancient dovecot

taken 10 years ago, near to Garway, Herefordshire, Great Britain

View from an ancient dovecot
View from an ancient dovecot
Looking out across the Monnow Valley from the original doorway of the old dovecot at Garway. The doorway was deliberately low and narrow so a body entering could block the birds who might be trying to escape.
Over the narrow doorway is a triangular, weathered tympanum with faded inscription which has been translated as, 'In the year of our Lord 1326 this dove-cote was made by Brother Richard de Biri.'
In 'Knights Templar & Hospitaller in Herefordshire', Audrey Tapper relates some facts and figures: "with an internal diameter of 17 feet 6 inches and walls 3 feet 10 inches thick. Arranged around the interior walls, in 19 rows are 666 L-shaped nesting spaces with landing ledges, each large enough for two parent birds and two chicks."
NB This dovecot is on private ground and I was escorted there by a local guide.

For exterior view see SO4522 : Dovecot, Garway, with 666 nesting spaces
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Friday, 27 February, 2009   (more nearby)
Sunday, 1 March, 2009
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OSGB36: geotagged! SO 455 223 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:53.8051N 2:47.5805W
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