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The stretch of brick wall running on the south eastern side of the cathedral toward Burgate Street (Image 1) includes several vestiges of bee keeping carried out by the monks.  These are known as bee boles - ledges in the wall where bee hives, or bee skips, were lodged (Image 2).

 

These are not the only examples of bee boles in the city - you can see another in the Rose Lane car park behind Girlings solicitors.

 

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