Monument record MDR13350 - Icehouse, Renishaw Park, Eckington

Type and Period (1)

  • (Georgian to Victorian - 1800 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

Full Description

The ice house for Renishaw Hall is sited a quarter of a mile (400m) west of the Hall, facing north-west on the side of a wooded dell. It is built entirely of the same sandstone as the Hall. The stone is dressed and the façade is in ashlar work. A short passage, which had two doors, leads to a nearly straight-sided well with an overall depth of at least 4.7m. Some structural damage has occurred due to a tree, but Mr Sitwell intends to have the ice house repaired. Sir Osbert Sitwell, in his autobiography, said of the ice house 'Sometimes … we would only walk, in the wood called the Settings, as far as the ice-house, a strange, forbidding cave, seemingly ancient as the beehive tombs of Mycenae, to peer down its shaft full of a century's drifting of dead leaves, a place still set apart for winter even in the midst of Summer'. The ice house was visited and surveyed by R Perkins in 1984. (1, 2)

Sources/Archives (2)

  • <1> Unpublished document: Perkins, R. mid 1980s. Derbyshire Icehouses.
  • <2> Bibliographic reference: Beamon, S P & Roaf, S. 1990. The Ice Houses of Britain.



Grid reference Centred SK 4340 7842 (9m by 10m)

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Record last edited

Nov 20 2017 4:02PM

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