SO4522 : Inside the Garway dovecot

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

Inside the Garway dovecot
Inside the Garway dovecot
The object on the floor is subject to some speculation. Was its purpose simply to provide a bathing/drinking area for the birds, does it cover a well, or is it part of an old cider press?
Over the narrow doorway on the exterior 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."
For an exterior view, see SO4522 : Dovecot, Garway, with 666 nesting spaces

NB This dovecot is on private ground and I was escorted there by a local guide.
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Date Taken
Friday, 27 February, 2009   (more nearby)
Sunday, 1 March, 2009
Dovecot   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SO 455 223 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:53.8323N 2:47.5461W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SO 455 223
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