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Building record MDR1349 - Icehouse, The Rookery, Ashford-in-the-Water

Type and Period (1)

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

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

Full Description

This is a small domestic brick-built ice house with a good limestone façade. The chamber is 2.4m high and there is no well. The ice house is built into the side of a low earthen bank, with the entrance facing south to the River Wye, close by. The roof is covered in dense ivy and ferns (in 1990)(1-3). The ice house is located on the bank of the River Wye and only 4ft (1.2m) above it, facing south-east onto the river. It consists of a passage including two doors opening into a chamber 3m x 2m and 2.4m high, and has a barrel-vaulted roof with a 0.6m square chute hole. It is earth-covered and well protected by trees. Internally it is built of brick, but the façade to the river is of pleasantly rusticated arched stonework. It was visited and surveyed by R Perkins in 1984. (4, 5)

Sources/Archives (5)

  • <1> Bibliographic reference: Hill, R (PPJPB). 1985. Peak Park Treasures. E253; Perkins, R; 1984.
  • <2> Personal Observation: Parker, R M. 1990. Pers. Comm..
  • <3> Photograph: Perkins, R. The Rookery, Icehouse.
  • <4> Unpublished document: Perkins, R. mid 1980s. Derbyshire Icehouses.
  • <5> Bibliographic reference: Beamon, S P & Roaf, S. 1990. The Ice Houses of Britain.



Grid reference Centred SK 1907 6952 (57m by 35m) (Approximate)

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Record last edited

Jun 25 2015 6:08PM

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