As I start to see my new chicken coop, the “Hen Hilton”, take form, I have wondered if it might be going a little too far in the name poultry comfort. Then I picked up my copy of Lucinda Lambton’s Beastly Buildings and realized that my chicken house is quite modest in comparison to her collection of animal palaces.
Beastly Buildings is a National Trust guide to architecture for animals. In summary, a photographic collection of historic structures built for the livestock and birds of the British aristocracy…..from cow castles to pig palaces, a lord or duke (or frequently lady) in the kingdom built one.
A pyramid henhouse
Castle built to house the estate cows and flanked by two dovecote towers
A "simple" shed plan for song birds
Happy horse...happy life
The pet excess went on even after the animals were deceased…..monuments were created to dogs, horses and even in one case a pet pig.
Copies of Beastly Buildings can still be purchased from Amazon, and Lucinda Lambton’s new bookPalaces for Pigs is now available and on my must order list.