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Drayton Hive, assembled (collected or delivered)

Drayton Hive, assembled (collected or delivered)


Product Code: H0010


This new hive lends itself to environmental, relaxing and educational beekeeping.

No heavy lifting, no foundation, ample room for the bees and an aesthetic feature for the garden.

  • 47mm thick insulated walls, insulation is dry wood shavings between 12mm marine ply and tongue & groove pine boards
  • double ‘glazed’ polycarbonate viewing window
  • hinged floor that drops away and can be secured by toggle fasteners
  • gas struts to hold the roof securely open
  • steel frame runners
  • stiff hessian cover cloth with feeding flap, topped by two linen scrim insulated cushions with velcro fastening so shavings can be replaced
  • complete with dummy board, foundationless frames, excluder and circular clearer board
  • stained and finished with a clear, high gloss exterior varnish

Below is some text from the inventor.

This hybrid combines a number of established principles to simplify aspects of conventional practice and make the joy of beekeeping accessible to people who don’t have either the time or inclination to invest in intensive management and equipment.

Its designer began keeping bees in 1979 but all the lifting involved seriously damaged his back. So he wanted a hive that avoided that problem; he also wanted to produce honey without the need for a mechanical extractor and to free his shed from piles of supers. What is now called the Drayton Hive consists of 18 12x14 foundationless Hoffman frames arranged horizontally in a heavily insulated body, with a floor that drops down for cleaning and monitoring varroa.

During the Spring and Summer the cluster is confined to frames at the front of the hive by a vertical queen excluder through which the colony can expand, filling the frames at the back with honey. They can be removed, a frame at a time, for extraction by manually crushing the comb into a strainer over a honey tank. Soft, new wax is a useful by-product of the process. During the Autumn and Winter the excluder is replaced by a division board behind which the frames, now clear of both wax and honey, are stored.

For more information see www.draytonbeehive.com



Drayton Hive - Including Carriage

Height: 1000mm

Width: 460mm

Length: 750mm



Standard UK delivery is FREE on all on-line orders over £100 (including VAT) and all telephone and postal orders over £200 (including VAT).  Excluding glass jars, fondant, syrup, some large hives and some pieces of extraction equipment.

Glass Jars are sent at the consignees own risk. We regret neither ourselves or the carrier will take responsibility for breakages.

It's also free for orders of any value if you opt to collect from one of our branches (some items do not apply). This is subject to availability.

There may be an additional carriage charge for some heavy and bulky items to Northern Ireland, the Scottish Highlands and islands, Isle of Man and off-shore islands.

Products may be sent out from multiple locations and therefore may arrive separately, but you won't incur additional delivery charges as a result.

Orders are sent out as quickly as possible but there may be occasional delays during the busy season or if an item is out of stock.  We will contact you if there is expected to be a significant delay with your order. 

Although we try to send out complete orders there will be occasions when some items are out of stock.  In these instances we may send your order in several parts.  You will not incur additional delivery charges as a result.

If you'd like to have items sent to separate UK addresses, please complete a separate order for each address. A separate delivery charge will be made for each address if applicable.


Orders weighing less than 2kg are sent standard 2nd class Royal Mail.  If you would like your order sent 1st class then please contact us for a quote or choose 1st class in the delivery options.

All orders weighing over 2kg are sent via carrier.  We use Parcel Force and FedEx for UK and international parcels.  We may also send large orders via a pallet service.

On receipt of your order, please check the goods thoroughly. Ensure any consignment note from the carrier is clearly marked ‘unexamined’ – deleting the words ‘in good condition’.  We regret we cannot replace any damaged goods unless this has been done.  Shortages and breakages must be advised within 10 days of delivery.

If there is a problem with the carrier, please contact us immediately on 01673 858555 or e-mail sales@thorne.co.uk.  Please do not attempt to contact the carrier as we are able to deal with this more quickly and efficiently.

Carriers may leave parcels in a safe place at our instruction.  If you do have a safe place the parcel can be left or a neighbour that will accept the parcel then please tell us when you place your order.

Orders will be sent to the billing address unless an alternative delivery address is specified.


Queens are sent on a 1st class Royal Mail.  Queens are sent in a travelling cage with several attendants, candy and full introduction instructions.

Our Queens are British Hybrids and are extremely balanced, user friendly bees.  They are all mated but not clipped or marked.


Our bees are sold in a travelling box in a six frame nucleus.  These can be collected from either our head office at Rand, Thornes of Windsor, Thornes of Stockbridge or Thornes of Devon.  Bees are pre-ordered and a non-refundable deposit taken.  We will contact you when your bees are ready for collection.

All our bees are sourced from reputable breeders in England. 

Collection Only

Due to the nature of some of our products, certain items are collection only.  These include Acetic acid and six frame nuclei.

Returns and Refunds

All our products are guaranteed for 12 months.  Konigin extractors have a four year warranty.

Goods may be returned to us for a full refund or exchange within 28 days providing they are undamaged and we receive proof of purchase.  Goods that may have been ordered as a gift can also be exchanged for Thorne vouchers if the product is not required.

Goods can be returned to our head office at Rand or to any of our branches.

We cannot refund or exchange personalised labels unless they have been incorrectly supplied. 

We cannot accept returns or refunds on AVM-GSL medicines (MAQS, Apivar, Apilife Var, Apiguard, Apistan, Api-bioxal, Oxybee).  These medicines can only be refunded if they were sent in error or damaged in transit.

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