Sunday, 8 January 2017

18th century Bodmin bee hives given heritage listed status by Historic England

Bee boles in Bodmin
A series of 18th century Cornish bee hives have been added to the list of protected historic buildings.
The Bee Boles at Dannonchapel Farm, St. Teath, Bodmin, now have Grade-II listed status after being added to Historic England's list of heritage sites.
The bee hives made with Delabole slate stones were granted special heritage status because of the architectural interest they represent.
The boles take the form of five slate shelves divided by four 'V'- shaped splayed piers of approximately nine 9 slender courses of stone, narrowest at the bottom and progressively wider towards the top. Each bole was used for the storage of a bee colony, usually in a skep.
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In its heritage list, Historic England officers said: "The structure is of architectural interest because it is built using a Cornish method once that is not only structurally sound but also provides distinctive 'V' splayed piers in local stone as an interesting if modest example of the vernacular vocabulary.
"The bee boles are of historic interes as they are a distinctive physical record of an historic agricultural activity.
"Bee bole structures are relatively uncommon survivals and these are largely intact."


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