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Bee-boles / Charter-boles

- niches, sometimes quite ornate with arched or triangular tops, in garden walls dating from 15th to 17th centuries designed to house delicate straw bee hives during winter. Nowadays, they are frequently used for housing features such as lead figures.
Not to be confused with charter-boles which denote a change of ownership. (Boley-Hole (Scottish) presumably derives, a place to hide something for safe keeping).