Record Details

NHER Number:2059
Type of record:Monument
Name:Post medieval icehouse in Abbey House landscaped park

Summary

This post medieval icehouse is part of Abbey House landscaped park. It was partly demolished in 1927 but the chamber cut into the side of the hill can still be identified.

Images - none

Location

Grid Reference:TF 9381 3661
Map Sheet:TF93NW
Parish:WALSINGHAM, NORTH NORFOLK, NORFOLK

Full description

Icehouse. According to [1] this was demolished 1927 and few traces survive.
E. Rose (NAU).

However [2] states that this is still largely intact with only part of the entrance tunnel missing.
E. Rose (NAU), 4 September 1981.

1992.
[3] adds chamber remains but entrance passage gone. Cut into slope of hillside.

March 2012.
Built in the early 19th century the icehouse seems to have only been used for c 100 years. It was marked on the early 20th century OS map as 'disused'. The structure is said to have been partly demolished in 1927 by estate staff while Eustace Gurney, the then owner, was away. He stopped the demolition on his return but the entrance and roof were already lost. A report of 2008 suggests the chamber is in sound condition although full of debris. Information from (S1).
K. Powell (HES), 21 March 2012

Monument Types

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

Associated Finds - none

Protected Status

  • SHINE

Sources and further reading

---Unpublished Contractor Report: Historic Landscape Management. 2008. Walsingham Abbey Grounds. Landscape Conservation Strategy. Historic Landscape Management.
<S1>Archive: NIAS. Norfolk Industrial Archaeology Society Records.

Related records

56859Part of: Abbey House Park, Walsingham (Monument)

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