Building record WLV 060 - Icehouse, Woolverstone Hall

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19th century brick built ice house.


Grid reference Centred TM 1964 3826 (25m by 28m)
Map sheet TM13NE


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The icehouse has been described as appearling 'like a large vacuum flask'. It is a spherical building with a double skin, built on top of a hill and earthed over. The 'igloo-like' entrance, facing N, has approx dimensions of 3.5m long, 1m wide and 1.25m high, and seems to have had thick double doors. Built of brick. The height of the structure is c.3m and it is 1.5m deep. The diameter measures 11m. The soil on which it stands is sandy. The ice source is 140m downhill (S1). Visible on 1st Edition OS map (S2).

Grade II listed. C19 for Berners family. Red brick, whitewashed. Arched entrance to passage to domed chamber with a double skin of brickwork. Circular central opening to outer dome. Covered with mound of earth. Overgrown at time of resurvey (S3).

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <S1> Monograph: Beamon, S. P. and Roaf, S.. 1990. The Ice-Houses of Britain. p. 401.
  • <S2> Cartographic materials: Ordnance Survey. Ordnance Survey, 1st edition 1" map.
  • <S3> Digital archive: English Heritage. Listed Buildings Online. National Ref: 1036946.

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May 9 2018 10:12AM

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