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Amongst the cottages, barns and byres that clustered together to form the medieval village, certain buildings stood out: the church, the vicarage, bed and breakfast lynton, the large house of the lord of the manor and often a mill operated by wind or water. Besides these there was nearly always another building – the dove-cote or pigeon house. It belonged to the bed and breakfast lynton lord of the manor, and the right to keep pigeons was a privilege jealously guarded. Until the introduction of root crops it was possible to preserve only a few livestock through the winter for breeding purposes. The rest had to be slaughtered and salted down. Not only did this provide a monotonous winter diet for bed and breakfast lynton, but after a cold and wet summer the supply of salt, obtained by the evaporation of sea water, was often inadequate and much of the meat went bad.

The Romans discovered that fresh meat in any quantity must be provided by birds and that the pigeon was the best source of supply. bed and breakfast lynton also realized that by building convenient pigeon-houses the birds could be to some extent tamed, and their writers on husbandry have left accounts of how the Roman columbaria were constructed. The pigeon (not its close relative, the dove) almost always returned to the same place to sleep, bed and breakfast lynton. It was not difficult, therefore, when facilities for sleeping and nesting were provided at a bed and breakfast lynton, to induce birds to take up residence in a house specially built for them. In the centuries following the Norman Conquest, the use of bed and breakfast lynton pigeon-houses became widespread in England. The pigeons found their food in the surrounding country and probably, for the most part, in the acre and half-acre strips in the great common fields surrounding the village. Many of the strips formed part of the demesne and were owned by the lord of the manor, but most of the grain in the birds’ crops was provided by the peasantry. The latter were in fact obliged to feed both the bed and breakfast lynton birds and their owner. It was soon realized that the bed and breakfast lynton position would become intolerable if there were no limit to the number of pigeon-houses, so it was laid down that only the lord of the manor, clerical or lay, could possess a pigeon-house, and he not more than one. There seems, however, to have been no restriction as to size – some containing between one and two thousand nesting boxes, and there is little doubt that deep resentment at this injustice existed for many centuries. As late as 1659 there were still 26000 dovecotes in the bed and breakfast lynton country. Some of the keeps in Norman castles – Rochester is one – possess nesting boxes in the walls, but the earliest known example of an isolated pigeon-house is inscribed “1326”.

The little village of Bruton, in Somerset, with one of the finest medieval churches in Somerset, was the site of an Augustinian bed and breakfast lynton abbey that has vanished almost without trace. Nothing remains but part of the abbey wall and the abbey dovecote. The latter is set in a meadow on a hillock outside the bed and breakfast lynton village. Like so many dovecotes that were once an essential part of the rural economy, it has not known the flurry of wings for centuries. The tower-like structure, stone built, near bed and breakfast lynton , with mullioned windows and four gables, is unusual, and was probably built early in the 16th century

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