Record Details

NHER Number:12584
Type of record:Building
Name:19th century icehouse


A large icehouse that was was built in about 1840. It is of brick, has a thatched roof and was used for storing ice, at first from South Walsham Broad and then later from Norway. It was restored in the 1980s and may be the only one of its type left in the country. A second icehouse once stood alongside.

Images - none


Grid Reference:TG 5213 0744
Map Sheet:TG50NW

Full description

Large brick warehouse, early 19th century, with thatched roof (said to be only one in Great Yarmouth) formerly used for storing ice, now a grain store. In very bad condition.
Information from [1].
See photographs (S1) in file.

1980. Very well restored.
Winner of the 1981 Craftsmanship Award. Information from E.M. James (KLM).
The building was erected about 1840 and in use until about 1910. Ice came from South Walsham Broad by wherry, and later from Norway. It is supposed to be the only one of its type left in the country. Its capacity was 42,588 cubic feet.
See correspondence and newspaper cuttings (S2 to S6) in file.
E. Rose (NAU), 15 February 1982.

Last recorded wherry load of ice 1898 to 1899.
Informant [2] claims another icehouse stood beside this, but this may be a confusion with the one in Icehouse Hill at Gorleston.
No - C. Lewis (GYM) confirms another icehouse stood a few feet from this one.

Monument Types

  • ICEHOUSE (Post Medieval to Modern - 1840 AD? to 2050 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Article in Serial: Ashbourne, T.. 1989. The Ice Trade.. Yarmouth Archaeology. p 19-23. pp 19-23.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1977. Old Yarmouth. 16 November.
---Designation: English Heritage. National Heritage List for England.
---Record Card: NAU Staff. 1974-1988. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card.
---Monograph: Pevsner, N. and Wilson, B. 1997. Norfolk 1: Norwich and North-East. The Buildings of England. 2nd Edition. p 508.
---Unpublished Document: Oxford Archaeological Unit. MPP Ice-house Assessment.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1989. Major plans for riverside landmark. 22 September.
---Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1988. Expert praise for planners. 26 May.
---Secondary File: Secondary File.
---Fiche: Exists.
<S1>Photograph: Tolley, P.. 1977. Ice house by Haven Bridge, Great Yarmouth.
<S2>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1977. [Articles on the proposed demolition of the Yarmouth Ice House].
<S3>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1979. [Articles on the restoration of the Yarmouth Ice House].
<S4>Newspaper Article: Yarmouth Mercury. 1981. [Articles on the architect awards won by the Yarmouth Ice House].
<S5>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1981. Craftsmanship awards. 17 March.
<S6>Newspaper Article: Eastern Evening News. 1981. Building craftsmanship awards presented. 17 March.

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