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Abbé Warré's book
I'Anson Bromwich's hive
Bromwich wanted a hive that avoided the barbarous practice of sulphuring bees as used by skep beekeepers. This is clear from the following verse in his book1:
And must ye kill?--Mistaken thought--ah, shame!
His boxes, kept in a bee house, have 1 inch (25 mm) thick walls
and measure inside 9 inches (225 mm) square by 8 inches (200 mm) high. Each box is closed
at the top except for a 3 inch (75 mm) diameter hole in the middle and 'in order to save
the bees trouble, and retard their labours as little as possible' 4 smaller holes of about
1 inch (25 mm) are cut around the middle one.
He says that rarely less than two boxes can be taken in a
season, and often three and adds that none should be taken after the first week in August
(in the UK).
1. Bryan I'Anson Bromwich (1783) The experienced beekeeper -- Containing an essay on the management of bees wherein is shewn from long practice the most easy and profitable method of treating those useful insects; particularly interesting to the keepers of bees, and useful to every family. Charles Dilly, London. Downoad a PDF of the second edition at: http://www.culturaapicola.com.ar/apuntes/libros/472_Bromwich.pdf .
We thank Dietrich Vageler for drawing our attention to this work.