Site of Ice House at Icehouse Spinney

River and riverbank with trees rising up above it | Image courtesy of Gary Stocker June 2020
Site of icehouse at Icehouse Spinney, Radford Semele
Image courtesy of Gary Stocker June 2020
Description of this historic site

The possible site of an Post Medieval icehouse, a structure built partially underground in which ice was kept during warmer months. It is thought to have been situated in Icehouse Spinney.

Notes about this historic site

1 An extremely early tradition says that ‘a refrigerator’ was built in Icehouse Spinney, near the railway, in Medieval times. It was an underground chamber dug out and lined with stone. This was filled with ice from the river in winter and was covered with sawdust. No trace of it now exists. Information D Waine.
2 This icehouse would be Post Medieval or later rather than Medieval. It presumably related to Radford House.
3 The spinney was inaccessible as it has been recently planted with young trees, but the owner has noticed no evidence for the icehouse.

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