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dovecote

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a structure for housing pigeons, often raised on a pole or set on a wall, containing compartments for the birds to roost and lay eggs
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dovecote

A structure that houses doves or pigeons; often square, hexagonal, octagonal, or round in plan and one-and-a-half or two stories high; typically topped with a finial; once popular because the birds provided a tasty source of fresh meat. The interior is honeycombed with niches in which the birds may rest. Also called a pigeon house or pigeonnier.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Architecture and Construction. Copyright © 2003 by McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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The Dovecote is one of Stockton's oldest buildings and last year, the school was granted planning permission to renovate it.
Sandwell Council's Labour leader, Coun Bill Thomas, said the historic dovecotes were difficult to date accurately as they had been altered, modified and extended over the centuries.
Mr Palmer said even these could be re-used quite easily: "The dovecotes could still be built onto a really large roof.
In 1893 Alfred Watkins catalogued 74 dovecotes in Herefordshire, of which about 20 have since disappeared, and of the 64 dovecotes still standing in Worcestershire, 16 are said to be in very poor condition.
As a true romantic, I have always hankered after a dovecote, complete with a pair of doves.
I couldn't think of a more niche market than dovecotes, and you need to advertise in all the house and garden design magazines.
There is a dovecote, a little fountain, pretty maids and silver bells in the form of campanulas.
And within its own boundaries is a listed dovecote that seems likely to date from these early times.
Officers want to put the dovecotes, which cost pounds 18,000, in St Andrew's Gardens and Jubilee Gardens.
They are the survivors of many dovecotes built throughout the Middle Ages, as few date from much later than the 1770s.
The meeting will be held at Dovecotes Community Centre on Tuesday at 7pm.
Dovecotes are set to be built at either end of Regent Street to encourage the birds to perch, nest and feed in one place.