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Latitude: 51.0777 / 51°4'39"N
Longitude: -0.9119 / 0°54'42"W
OS Eastings: 476322
OS Northings: 131499
OS Grid: SU763314
Mapcode National: GBR CBC.B8M
Mapcode Global: FRA 86Z8.NKP
Entry Name: The Ice House, Le Court Cheshire Home
Listing Date: 1 January 2006
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1418469
Location: Greatham, East Hampshire, Hampshire, GU33
District: East Hampshire
Civil Parish: Greatham
Traditional County: Hampshire
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hampshire
Church of England Parish: Greatham St John the Baptist
Church of England Diocese: Portsmouth
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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