A culverhouse is a dovecoate, also known as a pigeon house, columbarium, culverhay, pigeon cote or dove house Dovecotes were common throughout Britain and across mainland Europe between the 16th and 19th centuries, but today few remain and many are in ruins. Dovecotes were specially constructed pigeon houses where pigeons were kept for a variety of purposes, mostly as a source of food. Other uses for the domesticated pigeon were as quarry for falconry and as a target for shooting matches, common in the 19th century when as many as 120 birds were shot for sport in each match.
Culverhouse at Lower Halwyn
The ruins have walls of about 8 metres in height, the roof completely gone. The pigeon holes remain intact on the inner face. The ruined remains of a fourteenth/sixteenth century dovecote, built of slate stone rubble. Originally it was probably part of the Manor of Hal