Bee boles in a wall at Westerdale, North Yorkshire

Bee boles in a wall at Westerdale, North Yorkshire
Photograph taken June 1980 © Copyright Crown copyright.NMR ref: AA80/03469

Bees were an important element within the rural economy, both for the production of honey (when sugar was still an expensive luxury) and for pollinating fruit trees. Bee boles (as here) were often built to hold hives.