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Anybody know what this is?

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Anybody know what this is?

This is just inside the entrance to a farm off the A4146 Leighton Buzzard road a few miles north of Hemel Hempstead.
We pass this fairly regularly, I often wonder what it is so I took this photo yesterday morning unfortunately, I was causing a bit of a traffic snarl-up by doing so and had very little time to play with exposure values for the heavily back-lighted subject, so it has come out a bit dark. The main body is wooden slats, the dome is a green patina so is probably copper.
A couple of suggestions include:
Its part of another much more elaborate structure that was demolished and kept as a souvenir
The area centuries ago was a very popular hunting area, and this may be a device to hang game (deer etc) A similar "room" was shown in the Helen Mirren movie "The Queen".
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Re: Anybody know what this is?

Looks like a weather station type thing to me..
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Re: Anybody know what this is?

@adiewoo thanks for that, yes a possibility however what the photo doesn't convey well is the obvious great age of this thing, close up it is obviously very delapitated indeed, indeed it looks as if its falling apart. If it was actually weather (still in use) I would expect it to be in a rather better state than this. That doesn't mean of course that it might not have been as such in its past.
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Re: Anybody know what this is?

Bit of a long shot but is it the remnants of a windmill?
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Again artmo, a good guess. Its not a trick guys, I genuinely don't know what it is.
Is it yourself who lives nearby this? or have I mixed you up with someone else.
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Re: Anybody know what this is?

No not me.  I live in snowy Essex.  I wonder if an OS map might give you a clue.
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Re: Anybody know what this is?

Next time you drive that way, why not go in the drive way and up to the farm and ask?  I am sure they wouldn`t mind, and if they did, you will only get a "flea in the ear" !  (I hope ! !)...  Cheesy
bring up the google map for the area, and get the lat and long, then go to the library, or the planning office, and see if you can trace it that way... even the local history group may have some knowledge of its original use....
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Re: Anybody know what this is?

How about a dovecote?

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Re: Anybody know what this is?

Looks like a telecommunications post, probably built around 470AD during the Roman occupation?
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Re: Anybody know what this is?

i'd guess a belfry from a country house, late 1700s-early 1800s; i saw something very similar at an architectural salvage auction down in Sussex in the early '90s once (the 1990s i hasten to add)
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Re: Anybody know what this is?

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i'd guess a belfry

I'd second that...-ish.
I've seen something similar nearby where the large wooden cupola from the local abattoir was removed during demolition to be re-erected in a garden of an architect.
On this one, you can make out the edges where it was joined onto the ridge of a roof.
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Re: Anybody know what this is?

could be a folly.  no end of those were built by rich tits in the past.
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Re: Anybody know what this is?

Nah - it's UK Aerospace's latest attempt at a moonshot.
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somehow doubled up
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Re: Anybody know what this is?

had a good read last night, I think it is what is called a Lantern
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Lantern  Crowning feature of a dome, much loved by Renaissance an Baroque architects.  Like a small round or polygonal box, it in turn is crowned by either  a miniature dome or spire, conceived in proportion to the main dome
 1600-1700