Record Details

NHER Number:13671
Type of record:Building
Name:Post medieval icehouse

Summary

This 17th or 18th century icehouse is built of brick with a domed roof. It has an arched entrance and a very deep pit. It is located on the Aylmerton-Felbrigg parish boundary and was restored in the 1980s.

Images

  • Volunteers at work in the bottom of the ice house in the grounds of Felbrigg Hall  © Eastern Daily Press

Location

Grid Reference:TG 1925 4006
Map Sheet:TG14SE
Parish:AYLMERTON, NORTH NORFOLK, NORFOLK
FELBRIGG, NORTH NORFOLK, NORFOLK

Full description

Icehouse.
Located by National Trust. Location seems to be exactly on parish boundary. Brick entrance, arched, part restored.
Doorway now wired off.
Steps down to chamber inner door, followed by line of tunnel now exposed to air.
Domed circular pit, very deep, almost an ice well.
Liable to further erosion of covering soil.
Information from (S1).
E. M. James (KLM), 18 May 1980.

Date pre 1860 according to National Trust.
Restoration by National Trust involved removing corrugated iron, wire, oil and carriage lamps, bottles, three old baths, a bedwarmer, gin traps and bullets.
See (S2).

Entrance set in façade wall originally about 2.4m (8ft) high, with quatrefoil blank opening for decoration to one side (other side missing).
Steps lead direct to chamber - no flat tunnel.
Unbelievably long distance uphill from lake - almost 1.2km (3/4 mile).
National Trust now suggest late 17th century date - more probably 18th.
Newspaper cutting (S3) in file.
E. Rose (NAU) 17 November 1983.

Monument Types

  • ICEHOUSE (Post Medieval - 1540 AD to 1900 AD)

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • Listed Building

Sources and further reading

---Secondary File: Secondary file.
<S1>Archive: Kings Lynn Museum Staff. 1974 - ?. Norfolk Archaeological Index Primary Record Card – King’s Lynn Museum.
<S2>Publication: Yarham, E.R.. 1981. Frozen Foods.
<S3>Newspaper Article: Eastern Daily Press. 1979. Trust Volunteers Clear Out Old Ice-House. 3 July. 2.

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6633Part of: Felbrigg Hall (Building)

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