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Darwin Correspondence Project

Thomas White Woodbury


Journalist and beekeeper. From 1850 devoted himself exclusively to beekeeping. Introduced Ligurian bees to Britain in 1859 and developed the "Woodbury hive", marketed by the London apiarian specialists George Neighbour & Sons. As "A Devonshire Beekeeper", a regular contributor to the Cottage Gardener, the Journal of Horticulture, the Gardeners’ Chronicle, and The Times.


R. H. Brown 1975, Ron Brown 1994, Dodd 1983, H. M. Fraser 1958, Neighbour 1865.


Brown, R. H. 1975. One thousand years of Devon beekeeping. Devon: Devon Beekeepers Association.

Brown, Ron. 1994. Great masters of beekeeping. Borrowbridge, Somerset: Bee Books New & Old.

Dodd, Victor. 1983. Beemasters of the past. Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire: Northern Bee Books.

Fraser, H. Malcolm. 1958. History of beekeeping in Britain. London: Bee Research Association.

Neighbour, Alfred. 1865. The apiary; or, bees, bee-hives, and bee culture: being a familiar account of the habits of bees, and the most improved methods of management, with full directions, adapted for the cottager, farmer, or scientific apiarian. London: Kent & Co.; Geo. Neighbour & Sons.