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Tudor style beekeeping returns to a West Country castle with a rich Royal heritage.<br />
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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.<br />
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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. <br />
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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'.<br />
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The traditional Beeskeps are hand woven with long straw and wrapped in rattan taking 7 hours each to make.<br />
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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.<br />
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Henry took over his estates and his Catholic daughter Mary (Bloody Mary) spent much of her teenage years in the castle.