Mr Woodley wrote on 24 December 1890 in the British Bee Journal on the subject of Christmas Cards.
“I have seen many times on Christmas cards the old-fashioned straw skep or beehive figuring amongst the illustrations, but never in a single instance the modern frame hive, loaded with snow. On more than one occasion I have wished for a ‘Kodak’ so that I could snap a view of my apiary when the row of hives have been laden with with snow, and have taken friends to see the unique vision of a snow laden apiary. I am sure the view would inspire lovers of the beautiful in Nature with enthusiasm if they could share in the view.”
I thought I would post my first draft of the Introduction to the Mr Woodley book I am writing. I hope this will provide a better appreciation about my motives for my research and for writing a book on William Woodley.Read More »
Here is an article I stumbled on by accident today. John Walton paid a visit to Mr Woodley on 24 September 1888, using the train from Leamingston Spa. This article provides a nice description of Mr Woodley’s home apiary at Worlds End, Beedon. In addition, the article gives some interesting references to Hampstead Norris Railway Station (the village is today spelt Hampstead Norreys) and as well as the Bothampstead Road to Worlds End.Read More »
With this blog I am potentially speaking to two audiences which I will discuss further below. Stories have been put on the internet about a ‘military’ facility underneath Peasemore, known as Peasemore AL/499. As I grew up in the neighbouring village and had connections to Harwell through friends and family, I will give my tuppence worth.
The 1896 photograph of Mr and Mrs Woodley in their home-apiary shows about 100 hives in a relatively confined space by today’s standards. Mr Woodley made his living by what he describes as a ‘bee-farmer’. A ‘bee-farmer’ in today’s sense would be a commercial beekeeper that is a beekeeper who makes a living through bee-produce and bee livestock, such as Queen-rearing. But in the 19 century, I believe there was also a subtly nuance between a beekeeper and bee-farmer; a bee-keeper would primarily use movable box hives and more often than not had a respectable status. Conversely, a beekeeper could be synonymous with a lowly farm labourer who kept bees in skeps. I will now let Mr Woodley explain how he made his living as a bee-farmer aka beekeeper.Read More »