Bee Boles are rows of recesses in stone walls often facing the south of the morning sun. Made for the benefit of protecting the bees from the elements, while facing the morning sun.
Each recess is large enough to hold one skep ( hive) The Scots word "bole" means recess in a wall.
|Be Boles at Ballingarry Castle evidently only about a dozen of these 16th century structures are recorded.|
If you are from New Orleans, these might look familiar!
but their use is entirely different.
Imagine that! This is a photo from St. Louis #1 and yes- they are facing the East.
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|Bee Boles in Tolquhan Castle|
All About Bee Boles from the Garden History Society
|Bee boles that were originally part of the large walled kitchen garden belonging to Remnantz, Bucks. Photo by Geoff Wood|
|Sturdy stone bee boles in Fife, Scotland. Photo by Penelope Walker|
and from the
IBRA BEE BOLES REGISTER