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Description: The Ice House, Le Court Cheshire Home
Date Listed: 1 January 2006
Building ID: 1418469
OS Grid Reference: SU7632231499
OS Grid Coordinates: 476322, 131499
Latitude/Longitude: 51.0778, -0.9119
The Ice House, Le Court Cheshire Home
Ice house. Early to mid C19, relating either to a demolished mansion of 1865-6 or an earlier house on the site. Cup and dome shaped brick ice house with a circular domed brick chamber and brick-lined passage ending in a brick cambered opening with masonry sides and timber door with vertical planks. It has a 5.8 metre long, one metre wide, 1.9 metre high NNW facing passage, unusual because there are alcoves on either side close to the ice pit. These alcoves appear at one time to have had shelves. There are indications of three inner doors. The domed ice pit is about 40 feet deep.
HISTORY: This ice house relates either to a demolished mansion of 1865-6 by H and A P Fry of Liverpool or an earlier house on the site. It is shown on the 1908-10 Ordnance Survey sheet.
SUMMARY OF IMPORTANCE: Of special interest as an intact early to mid C19 estate cup and dome icehouse retaining its dome and entrance passage and, unusually, with two alcoves in the passage immediately before the ice well.
SOURCES: Monica Ellis, 'Ice and Icehouses through the ages with a Gazetteer for Hampshire', 1982.
Silvia P Beaumon and Susan Roaf, 'The Ice-Houses of Britain', 1990.
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