History of city beekeeping

We didn’t have much luck researching the history of beekeeping in London for our book Bees in the City, but Mikey at Capital Bee has unearthed these amazing British Pathe news reels from 1937  and 1952 and 1958  that clearly demonstrate what we suspected all along, that people have been keeping bees in London for some time. Adelaide House, near Tower Bridge, a building on Fleet Street, and Waterloo Station are the locations for these city hives. 

Urban beekeeping maybe not have been on the scale we are seeing now in the pre and post war years, but an interesting figure quoted in one of films of there being 116,000 beekeepers in Britain, show  we’ve still got a long way to go to top the heyday of  British beekeeping.

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