Monument details

HER Number:131/3/2
Type of record:Building
Name:Icehouse Tower at Great Moreton Hall

Summary

Scheduled Monument and Grade II listed Ice house. Three storey stone castellated tower built as a summerhouse over the a tunnel that leads to an icehouse. Designed c.1841 by Edward Blore. There is also an unusual ice yard that was flooded to a depth of c.0.5m in winter to make ice.

For a long time, there were few ways of preserving food other than salting and pickling. From the 17th century, the idea of an Ice house was introduced to large estates. They were structures built to house blocks of ice to prevent them from melting. They were well insulated and partly underground. The ice was obtained from ponds and lakes frozen in the winter months. Sometimes fields were deliberately flooded by farmers to provide extra income.


Parish:MORETON CUM ALCUMLOW, CONGLETON, CHESHIRE EAST

Monument Types

  • FOLLY (AD 20TH CENTURY to AD 21st CENTURY - 1901 AD to 2050 AD)
  • ICEHOUSE (AD 20TH CENTURY to AD 21st CENTURY - 1901 AD to 2050 AD)
  • MANSION HOUSE (Mansion House/Hall, AD 20TH CENTURY to AD 21st CENTURY - 1901 AD to 2050 AD)
  • WALL (Wall-stone some (1-100), AD 20TH CENTURY to AD 21st CENTURY - 1901 AD to 2050 AD)
Protected Status:Listed Building (old) (II) 7/44: Title not entered; Scheduled Monument 1018705: Icehouse With Associated Iceyard At Great Moreton Hall, 70M East Of The Hall



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