The Dovecote

The Dovecote
A listed, octagonal dovecote serves as a bridge over the river Camlais. In the days before the sewage laws came in, the lower half served as a privy.

dovecote

In the 18th Century the house had the great advantage of possessing a natural water closet.  An octagonal dovecote was built across the Camlais stream, which flows into the Usk beside the house, which provided salubrious conveniences below, whilst the doves lived in the upper story, surmounted by an elegant weather vane.  The planking across the stream at ground level was significantly bored with suitable sized holes, and doors which gave a degree of privacy for the users, which must have been considered the height of modernity 200 years ago!  In the 19th Century a railway was built between Brecon and Neath, which ran just north of the Usk.  There were small Halts for the big houses, and the trains could be asked to stop there right to the day they ceased to run in 1962.