DovecotesDovecotes Or Doocots

The national trust and the national Trust for Scotland Between Them Own About 20 Dovecotes Or Doocots As They are Called North Of The Border These 20 Represent only A small Proportion Of A Hugs Number of dovecotes that from Norman time until the 17th century provided an important source of fresh meat dovecotes are often built of local material  and provide an Architecture al record in miniature – for example those in the Cotswold’s are built of the famous local limestone while in Worcestershire they are half-timbered with wattle and daub walls. Before root crops were widely grown for use as winter fodder most livestock had to be slaughtered and the meat salted down for the winter. Salt was often scarce in those days, and much for the available meat would go before it could be eaten. However, the Romans Had handed down to the Normans the knowledge that birds could be kept as the source of meat, and that the pigeon was conveniently a bird of habit, often roosting regularly in The same place. Suitable houses were built and the bird encouraged to roost and nest in them. Therefore a self-perpetuating source of meat could be easily kept, especially as the birds fed off the crops of the serfs. In Norman times this practice spread right across the country and indeed became so popular that it became. Necessary to limit the number of dovecots to  one for each manor, in Order, There was, However, no limit to size, and some dovecotes are known to have Housed 1,000-2,00 birds