Willem Vandenameele

Pigeon tower provincial domain d'Aertrycke - Torhout

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Author: Willem Vandenameele

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This dovecote is located near the utility buildings grouped to the south of the castle.

There are, among other things, the farm with this remarkable round pigeon tower , a gardener 's house and pheasant lofts.

Due to the damage that pigeons can cause to the grain harvest , keeping pigeons used to be heavily regulated by pigeon law. The pigeon sport was once a sport of the elite. Gentlemen were only allowed to keep one pair of pigeons per hectare of land , according to the pigeon law under the Ancien Régime. The animals were kept in imposing dovecotes, as a status symbol for the very rich. Some pigeon towers were even inhabited by someone who had to protect the pigeons. After all , they were eaten in times of famine . The architecture also paid attention to prevent rats and other predators from climbing the tower.

Today, these unique constructions have largely disappeared from our landscape.

Source: Willem Vandenameele

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