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Cave/Icehouse Situated at North Western End of the Lake

A Grade II* Listed Building in Great Braxted, Essex

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Latitude: 51.8088 / 51°48'31"N

Longitude: 0.6834 / 0°41'0"E

OS Eastings: 585088

OS Northings: 215647

OS Grid: TL850156

Mapcode National: GBR QL5.KLH

Mapcode Global: VHJJS.SSNQ

Entry Name: Cave/Icehouse Situated at North Western End of the Lake

Listing Date: 8 August 1985

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1111072

English Heritage Legacy ID: 118902

Location: Great Braxted, Maldon, Essex, CM8

County: Essex

District: Maldon

Civil Parish: Great Braxted

Traditional County: Essex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Essex

Church of England Parish: Great Braxted All Saints

Church of England Diocese: Chelmsford

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Listing Text


2/58 Cave/Icehouse situated
at north western end of
The Lake


Cave/Icehouse. C18/C19. Red brick with some stone. Probably for the Du Cane
family. An unusual structure, the arched cave entrance faces onto the lake.
Arrow head railings to right and left of central gateway. The depth approx. 5
metres, height 3 metres. There is a recess in the left wall at ground level
with a lintel beam over, possibly a fireplace at one time. To the right is a
small entrance tunnel approx. 6 metres long. The rear wall has a small central
window opening and a doorway through which steps lead down into the main ice
house. There is a 4 metres diameter central circular dome with a small moulded
brick top opening. Eight 3 metres high square brick pillars with stone lintels
1 metre apart support the dome and from their stone imposts brick ribs spring to
pilasters on the outer wall, forming an outer vaulted walk way, 11/2 metres wide,
possibly used as a game larder at one time. Between some columns are low walls
with stone coping. Rear right is a low arched entrance tunnel. Rear left, a
low archway leads into a smaller circular domed icehouse. A large tree covered
mound covers the complex surmounted by a circular platform with gault brick
support walls. The platform is stone slabbed, the outer slabs tied with lead
covered iron cleats. 3 moulded stone steps approach the platform above the
Cave. For a wager of £100 made by Peter Du Cane a man lived in the Cave for 1
year without washing or shaving. An unusually large and elaborate icehouse.

Listing NGR: TL8508815647

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