Dove Cote Tryon Palace original watercolor by Janet Francoeur. In England, the creation of dovecotes can be traced back to the Norman period (1066 – 1154). Until the seventeenth century, the right to keep doves was a privilege enjoyed exclusively by the aristocratic elite. For this reason, dovecotes created before this period are almost always found within or close to castles and great houses. So it is appropriate that Tryon Palace has one!