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Dovecotes were popular in medieval Britain and were often built by rich landowners as a symbol of their status and power.
This dovecote once housed over 1,500 pigeons, which were an important source of food in the 16th century. The meat from the bird, its eggs and its dung were all important commodities.
© National Trust
The Dovecote and Stables are open to visitors on the last Sunday of every month from April to September, or by appointment on 01480 301494.
Willington Local History Group display archive photos and memorabilia of local community gatherings inside the Dovecote.
There are also regular events throughout the year.
© The Biggleswade Chronicle
There's plenty of countryside to explore around Willington Dovecote and Stables. Explore our woodland or meadows walks, or visit the Bedford River Valley Park - there's lots to explore on foot, by bike or even by canoe.
© John Millar
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