Post-medieval cistern at Coombe Abbey.
The remains of a post-medieval circular, brick-built cistern were identified during the excavation of trial trenches. The site lay west of the Abbeygate buildings at Coombe Abbey. This was originally interpreted as an icehouse.
1 The remains of a post-medieval circular, brick-built icehouse were identified during the excavation of trial trenches prior to the proposed new extension to the hotel. The walls were constructed in a concave shape, bowed outwards and at its widest surviving course the structure measured 3.50m in diameter. The wall had survived to 10 courses, a height of 0.80m. The roof structure, which would have been domed, had been robbed out.
2This area was excavated between 2007 and 2008 (Area A). The postulated icehouse was found to be a circular brick cistern with a sloping wall decreasing in diameter towards the base, with a series of inlet and outlet culverts. The cistern seems to have been short-lived. It was infilled with a loam that contained pottery from the 1820s and 1830s, and brick and mortar fragments.