Monument details

HER Number:2060/1/2
Type of record:Archaeology
Name:Ice House at site of Poynton Hall, 170m north of Towers Yard Farm


Ice house at the corner of a lake on the site of the former Poynton Hall. It is a Scheduled Monument. It was probably constructed for the first hall and so must be dated before 1758. A map of 1793 by Nuttall shows the site as a clump of trees. It continued in use until around 1900. It has an angled entrance passage into the ice chamber. The walls, roof and floor are of evenly dressed local hard sandstone. Much of ice house is below ground, but a mound 1.5m high has been raised over the whole icehouse. Ice was probably cut from 2 lakes to the east of the icehouse.

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.


Monument Types

  • ICEHOUSE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • MANOR (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
  • MANSION HOUSE (Mansion house/hall, Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)
Protected Status:Scheduled Monument 1018819: Icehouse At The Site Of Poynton Hall, 170M North Of Towers Yard Farm

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