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Dovecote at Te Werve | by Henk van der Eijk
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Dovecote at Te Werve

This is a 15th century dovecote, possibly from around the same time the original castle was built.

The upper part, where the holes for the pigeons are, was restored in 1590, according to a memorial plaque in the tower.

 

Back then, the right to keep pigeons was related to the amount of ground one owned. This turned pigeonkeeping into a right for the nobility. During the 16th and 17th centuries this right (in Dutch: het recht op duivenvlucht) was institutionalised as a right one received together with other rights belonging to a title or the ownership of a certain estate.

 

The pigeons were kept for consumption.

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Taken on April 10, 2008