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Matlock bee boles
Matlock bee boles
Bee boles were a row of recesses, often in a south-facing garden wall. Each recess was big enough to hold a skep – the coiled-straw hive used by beekeepers in Britain before the introduction of the modern wooden hive in the late 19th century.
Matlock bee boles

This row of bee boles probably belonged to Palethorpe Farm which was demolished early 20th century.

Not far away were 6 other boles which were at Cuckoostone grange farm but destroyed about 2008 when the wall was incorporated into new barn; only parts of the bases remain.


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