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bee bole

A recess in a stone or brick wall, usually bounding a garden or orchard, set two to three feet from the ground and facing south to south-east to catch the morning sun, in which a bee skep or beehive is placed. Often found in groupings of three to six.

bee bole

View of the bee boles at Heligan, Cornwall, England. Photograph copyright:  Helen Lazenby, 1995.