18 March 2022
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Within living memory, “tanging”, or loud banging on metal objects, was thought to make a swarm of bees settle. According to the advice given in Tusser Redivivus, published in 1744, an updated version of Thomas Tusser’s Five Hundred Points of Good Husbandry, originally published in 1573: “The tinkling after them with a warming pan, frying pan, kettle, is of good use to let the neighbours know you have a swarm in the air, which you can claim whenever it alights.” The act of tanging gave the beekeeper right to trespass on another’s land while chasing a swarm.

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