Site of Ice House 200m NE of Walton Hall

Description of this historic site

The site of an icehouse dating to the Post Medieval and Imperial periods. It is marked on the Ordnance Survey map of 1886. The bricks from the domed roof were apparantly removed during the 20th century. It was located 700m south of Walton.

Notes about this historic site

1 Ice house marked.
2 This is one of two icehouses at Walton Hall (see PRN 4902). The icehouse has now disappeared. There is no depression or mound to show its exact situation. An old retired man living on the estate says that bricks from the domed top were removed to be used for other purposes, and that he himself helped to fill it with ice upward of fifty years ago. It appears to have been filled with rubbish before the First World War. The icehouse apparently had no side entrance – the ice was thrown in through a square trapdoor at the top, with a ladder for descent. It was drained from the bottom.
3 Beamon and Roaf refer to this ice house as no. 2 and report information given above. Also that the ice house drained from the bottome into the River Dene near the floodgate. They add that ice had been known to last here until the ice harvest of the following year.

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