Essays in Beekeeeping History

In 2009 and 2010 Bee Craft printed a series of articles by Karl Showler under the title "Essays in Beekeeping History". They included biographical details of many of the names from the 19th Century which may be familiar from the books and equipment that emerged at the time. Several of these pages of notes are available on the Beecraft web site under the heading "Previous Articles"

 Early WBC Hive

  • William Broughton Carr - originally from Yorkshire but grew up in Liverpool with many of his family members becoming prominent beekeepers. Later based in Kent and London he was designer of the WBC hive, editor and author of bee journals and books.
  • Thomas William Cowan - co-founder of the British Beekeepers Association in 1874 with Charles Abbott. Editor of the British Bee Journal and the Bee Keepers' Record and author of the British Beekeeper's Guide Book which sold 100 thousand copies in over 20 editions.
  • James and Emma Pagden - James was a skep beekeeper from the 1830s. In 1868 he authored £70 a year, How I make it by my Bees by which time he was manufacturing and supplying equipment from his home at Alfriston near Eastbourne. The book ran to 19 editions, edited by his widow Emma after his death in 1872. It includes the Pagden artificial swarm, which originally meant moving the original hive after swarming, then capturing and housing the swarm on the original hive site. This article is a pdf file with a second part.
  • Pioneering USA beekeepers - familiar names include those who gave their name to various equipment and methods such as the Julius Hoffmann frame, the Charles Miller feeder, EC Porter escapes and George Demaree splits. The frame hives designed by Lorenzo Langstroth are in all the standard books but not Frederick Weiss who roll embossed foundation sheets, EB Weed who automated sheet production and JE Hetherington who wired them.