bee skep

1) A bee-hive, probably made of straw (OED).

1578 Item foure bees skeps, South Cave. The will of Grace Marshall of South Cave is remarkable for she made bequests of several bee skeps, e.g. 1586 unto Thomas Marshall one bee skepp and unto Maude Johnson my daughter & Peter Johnson her sonne the rest of my bees.

places South Cave
dates 1578 1586

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