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Cave/Icehouse Situated at North Western End of the Lake, Great Braxted

Description: Cave/Icehouse Situated at North Western End of the Lake

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 8 August 1985
English Heritage Building ID: 118902

OS Grid Reference: TL8508815647
OS Grid Coordinates: 585088, 215647
Latitude/Longitude: 51.8088, 0.6834

Location: Great Braxted, Essex CM8 3EN

Locality: Great Braxted
Local Authority: Maldon District Council
County: Essex
Country: England
Postcode: CM8 3EN

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Listing Text


2/58 Cave/Icehouse situated
at north western end of
The Lake


Cave/Icehouse. C18/C19. Red brick with some stone. Probably for the Du Cane
family. An unusual structure, the arched cave entrance faces onto the lake.
Arrow head railings to right and left of central gateway. The depth approx. 5
metres, height 3 metres. There is a recess in the left wall at ground level
with a lintel beam over, possibly a fireplace at one time. To the right is a
small entrance tunnel approx. 6 metres long. The rear wall has a small central
window opening and a doorway through which steps lead down into the main ice
house. There is a 4 metres diameter central circular dome with a small moulded
brick top opening. Eight 3 metres high square brick pillars with stone lintels
1 metre apart support the dome and from their stone imposts brick ribs spring to
pilasters on the outer wall, forming an outer vaulted walk way, 11/2 metres wide,
possibly used as a game larder at one time. Between some columns are low walls
with stone coping. Rear right is a low arched entrance tunnel. Rear left, a
low archway leads into a smaller circular domed icehouse. A large tree covered
mound covers the complex surmounted by a circular platform with gault brick
support walls. The platform is stone slabbed, the outer slabs tied with lead
covered iron cleats. 3 moulded stone steps approach the platform above the
Cave. For a wager of £100 made by Peter Du Cane a man lived in the Cave for 1
year without washing or shaving. An unusually large and elaborate icehouse.

Listing NGR: TL8508815647

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Source: English Heritage

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