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Dunster Dovecote

By twelvemegs
Many thanks for your votes and comments for my BW version of Dunster Church.

My bw’s seem to be fairing a little better than my colour versions.

Taking a stroll around the quieter parts of Dunster, I came across the Dovecote.

Colour first……

V2 Inside of the Dovecote. I poked my camera through the entrance, it was very dark, flipped up the flash and took this shot.


Some interweb details ……..

The Dovecote in Dunster, Somerset, England was probably built in the late 16th century. It has been designated as a Grade II listed building and Scheduled Ancient Monument.
It is situated on Priory Green opposite the Tithe Barn and close to the walls of the Priory Church of St George. It is approximately 19 feet (5.8 m) high and 19 feet (5.8 m) in diameter, with walls around 4 feet (1.2 m) thick. There are five hundred and forty nest-holes.
There is no documentary evidence for the dovecote's date of construction but it some of the architectural features suggest it may have been as long ago as the 14th century. It would originally have belonged to the Benedictine Priory of Dunster which was a cell of Bath Abbey. Domestic Pigeons were kept to provide Squabs a luxury food from the breast meat of young pigeons. Form the 12th century until 1619, only Lords of the Manor and parish priest were allowed to keep them. The priory was abolished in the dissolution of the monasteries in 1539, and property belonging to it was sold to the Luttrell family of Dunster Castle.
In the 18th century the floor level and door were raised among several major alterations. The lower tiers of nest holes were blocked to protect against Brown Rats which had arrived in the Britain in 1720 and reached Somerset by 1760. A revolving ladder, known as a "potence", was installed to allow the pigeon keeper to search the nest holes more easily. In the 19th century two feeding platforms were added to the axis of the revolving ladder.
When the Dunster Castle estate was sold the Dovecote was bought by the Parochial church council and opened to the public. Extensive repairs were undertaken in 1989.

Tags: Architecture Dovecote Dunster

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Fefe Plus
11 81 48 United Kingdom
20 Feb 2012 7:47PM
Another lovely colour shot! Great comp and detail, love the little splash of lavendar on the wallGrinGrin
mrswoolybill Plus
16 3.5k 2564 United Kingdom
20 Feb 2012 7:56PM
I'm seeing one of your b&w conversions in this, I think it would work. The textures have a suitably graphic quality.
woolybill1 Plus
16 39 79 United Kingdom
20 Feb 2012 7:56PM
Your processing and presentation suit such buildings so well, David, drawing attention to the lines and the tiniest details of materials. Presentation is excellent.
I can tell you like your subjects too.
Oliverpants 13 2 2 England
20 Feb 2012 10:06PM
Really great detail, love them both. Ann
Richsr 15 91 223 England
20 Feb 2012 10:24PM
Like the details and colour in this well processed David
Regards Richard
RonnieAG Plus
13 154 119 Scotland
20 Feb 2012 10:50PM
Excellent detail in both the exterior and interior views, David.
PaulLiley 13 2 13 United Kingdom
21 Feb 2012 11:41AM
Great shot. Nice sky to set off the colours of the building. Paul
gingerdelight 16 298 11 United Kingdom
21 Feb 2012 1:17PM
What a wonderful building and how fascinating its history is. Lovely captures here.
21 Feb 2012 6:44PM
What a wonderful old building David,love the stone work with the flowers hanging over the wall and a great sky,two lovely images..Lin
TrevBatWCC Plus
14 13 19 England
23 Feb 2012 1:55PM
Another recognisable image from Dunster, excellent capture, David Wink
Trev Smile
CarolG 16 199 20 Greece
24 Feb 2012 5:10PM
Two superb captures of this beautiful building, David, memories Smile Carol
mars 15 England
26 Feb 2012 5:22PM
Love your Dunster pictures ... must take a fresh look at the Dovecote, the Castle and the Yarn Market now I have my new camera !!

Glostopcat 16 255 2 England
9 Mar 2012 11:08PM
I prefer the view of the dovecote in glorious colour

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