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Tudor style beekeeping returns to a West Country castle with a rich Royal heritage.
Honey is being produced for the first time in nearly 500 years at Thornbury Castle near Bristol where Henry VIII honeymooned with Anne Boleyn in 1535.
Head Gardener Katie Engler is installing 8 handmade beeskeps in the original niches built into the walled garden by the Tudor masons, as part of a plan to restore it back to its full medieval glory, during Henry's reign collecting honey and keeping bees would have been done in a similar fashion.
As with lots of the produce grown on site, which is now an luxury hotel, the honey will be used in the kitchen and sold in the garden 'shop'.
The traditional Beeskeps are hand woven with long straw and wrapped in rattan taking 7 hours each to make.
The castle near Bristol was built by the third Duke of Buckingham early in Henry's reign, but unfortunately for the Duke, he launched an ill-advised claim to the throne and was beheaded.
Henry took over his estates and his Catholic daughter Mary (Bloody Mary) spent much of her teenage years in the castle.