SO7595 : The Worfield Dovecote, Shropshire

taken 4 years ago, near to Worfield, Shropshire, Great Britain

The Worfield Dovecote, Shropshire
The Worfield Dovecote, Shropshire
This telephoto assisted image from about 280 metres shows how this isolated and attractive structure catches the eye as Worfield is approached along the lane from the Bridgnorth-Wolverhampton Road direction.

Not quite a folly; it was a building with a purpose. It was built between 1730-50 on the estate of Davenport House. Grade II listed according to some sources.

The Folly Fellowship writes:
DOVECOTE: A building to house doves or pigeons whose function was to provide a source of fresh meat in the winter. Many have a rotating ladder inside which the gamekeeper would ascend to retrieve eggs or doves from the nesting boxes. Very unpopular with the estate dwellers as the birds helped themselves to the produce of their gardens, while killing or stealing one would result in severe penalties. They were often built near the main hall and so were given a variety of fanciful shapes as they were also to be seen as a garden feature. Circular with a conical roof is one of the most favoured shapes. Some cross over into folly territory when they become disguised as castellated towers, but in essence they were useful buildings given a decorative outer skin. LinkExternal link
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 11 March, 2014   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 30 September, 2014
Geographical Context
Village, Rural settlement 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SO 7564 9557 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:33.4450N 2:21.6445W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SO 7587 9541
View Direction
Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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