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Bee Shelter

February - Dad

An ornate, stone bee shelter.
I came across this Bee Shelter in a churchyard at Hartpury, Glos. It was made sometime before 1850 using stone from Minchinhampton Common and can hold up to 28 skeps which could hold around 840,000 bees! The skeps are straw or whicker beehives, the forerunners of modern-day beehives. Honey was used in this area to pay rent to the Crown as far back as the 11th century.
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