Examples include Chateau de Kerjean in Brittany, France, Houchin, France, Bodysgallen Hall in Wales, and Muchalls Castle and Newark Castle in Scotland. They generally contain pigeonholes for the birds to nest. High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Dovecotes may be square or circular free-standing structures or built into the end of a house or barn. In Scotland the tradition is continued in modern urban areas. Pigeons and doves were an important food source historically in Western Europe and were kept for their eggs, flesh, and dung. A dovecote or dovecot (Scots: Doocot) is a building intended to house pigeons or doves. In some cultures, particularly Medieval Europe, the possession of a dovecote was a symbol of status and power and was consequently regulated by law. Many ancient manors in France and the United Kingdom have a dovecote (still standing or in ruins) in one section of the manorial enclosure or in nearby fields. Only nobles had this special privilege known as droit de colombier.
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