TQ8332 : The ice house at Hole Park

taken 3 years ago, near to Rolvenden, Kent, Great Britain

The ice house at Hole Park
The ice house at Hole Park
The Hole Park Ice House dates from about 1740. The first known examples in England date from about 1660. It was built for the storage of ice rather than food. The ice was harvested from nearby ponds, particularly the Egg Pond - see LinkExternal link - and layered with straw to make removal easier. Ice could last more than a year in the ice house.

The ice house fell into disuse around the middle of the 19th century when commercial ice delivery came in, and in the 1930s it was sealed up with concrete for reasons of safety. The Grade II structure was reopened and restored in 2011. A photograph of the nearby notice showing a diagram of how the ice house operated can be seen at LinkExternal link
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TQ8332, 188 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Saturday, 23 April, 2016   (more nearby)
Submitted
Monday, 25 April, 2016
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Country estates 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 8336 3268 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:3.8502N 0:36.9267E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 8335 3268
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South-southeast (about 157 degrees)
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