Carew Manor and Dovecote
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|Carew Manor Dovecote|
|A view of the interior|
There was a dovecote at Carew Manor in Tudor times which stood in Pigeon House Meadow, which may have been to the east of the present site. It was probably demolished and replaced by the existing building between 1707 and 1727, when the first Baronet, Sir Nicholas Carew, reorganised the grounds around the house. The existing Dovecote almost certainly dates from the early eighteenth century. It originally contained about 1360 nesting boxes built into the inner face of the wall, giving it a complex honeycomb-like structure. The birds came and went through the wooden turret at the apex of the roof. The large rotating ladder, or potence, was used by the keepers who raided the nesting boxes to provide the Carews with eggs and meat. The dovecote is exceptionally large, as most buildings of this type contain less than 1000 nesting boxes, and it may have been erected as a commercial operation rather than simply to supply the house with fresh meat.
On the ground floor there is also a large Romano-British stone coffin, which was found nearby in Church Road in the 1930s.
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