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Dove Cote

Occupying the site of a previously existing building, the Dovecote sits alone on a distinctive mound not far from the boundary wall of the stew pond.

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Built in 1700

It was built by Bishop Thomas Smith and bears the inscription of 1700 on the door lintel which denotes the year of its construction.

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Space for 700 doves

Space was originally provided for 700 birds which would have provided 18th century Rose Castle with eggs and meat.

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Barn owls

A pair of barn owls now occupies the dovecote and all chicks are recorded and ringed by a local owl expert. It is hoped that the dovecot will eventually be incorporated into the garden.

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