Charter bole

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17th century charter bole at Provost Wynd, Cupar, Fife, Scotland

Charter boles are indentations found in the boundary walls of Scottish buildings constructed between the 15th and 17th centuries; they were used to denote ownership and responsibility for repair. They are similar to bee boles but smaller in size.

"in Scotland a single charter bole, one foot square or less, was often built into a wall to indicate its ownership".[1]

"charter bole: a rectangular recess used to house charter documents defining ownership of adjoining properties."[2]

It shows that the "wall belongs to the property on this side of it".[3]


  1. ^ Review of Scottish Culture, issues 4-6, page 115
  2. ^ Understanding Scottish graveyards by Betty Willsher, 2005, page 83
  3. ^ The Archaeology of Beekeeping by Eva Crane - 1983 Page 159

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