Monument details

HER Number:2269
Type of record:Archaeology
Name:Ice House 110m southwest of Burton Manor College main building.

Summary

This Icehouse with an attached food preparation chamber is an Scheduled Monument. Built in the early 19th century when the former hall was constructed. There is a stone lined well in centre and a gas light fitting in roof. It is an important example of a late rock cut ice house with all original features intact except doors. Gas lighting is a rare feature and food preparation areas are unusual. The ice was thought to have been brought from a nearby lake and also from Liverpool Docks.

For a long time, there were few ways of preserving food including 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:ELLESMERE PORT NON-PARISH AREA, ELLESMERE PORT AND NESTON, CHESHIRE WEST AND CHESTER

Monument Types

  • ICEHOUSE (AD 19TH CENTURY - 1800 AD to 1899 AD)
Protected Status:Scheduled Monument 1016918: Icehouse 110M South West Of Burton Manor College Main Building



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