This, the first substantial account of dovecotes and their inhabitants for over 50 years, is more than just a study of one of the least recorded kinds of vernacular building. The entertaining and highly readable text attempts to classify a wide variety of types and styles; the fascinating social and architectural history which emerges, involves many well-known architects as well as humbler beings, not least of which are the doves and pigeons themselves. It is a story which has its origins deep in our past, when pigeon pie was part of our staple diet but which is still developing today. The present-day issues of restoration, conservation and adaptation are fully tackled. Above all, the book will delight the eye, its superb colour and black and white photographs forming an integral part of its design, making it a joy to read.
Comments: “Enthralling reading, not only for pigeon lovers, but for all who cherish the countryside” – Racing Pigeon Pictorial
Author: Peter & Jean Hansell
Hardback; 248 pages.