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Sunday, 23 August 2015
Essex Dove Houses (5)
High House Dovecote
Dovecotes were used as a source of food – meat and eggs – as well as dung. A number of examples remain in Essex. This one at High House, Purfleet, dating from the late seventeenth century retains its nest boxes as well as the revolving ladder called a portence.
It was photographed when the Essex Society for Archaeology and History visited High House in September 2014.