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Ice Well

A Grade II Listed Building in Darwin, London

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Latitude: 51.3518 / 51°21'6"N

Longitude: 0.075 / 0°4'30"E

OS Eastings: 544591

OS Northings: 163461

OS Grid: TQ445634

Mapcode National: GBR NT.RKS

Mapcode Global: VHHPB.8900

Plus Code: 9F32932G+P2

Entry Name: Ice Well

Listing Date: 21 April 1993

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1299027

English Heritage Legacy ID: 358660

ID on this website: 101299027

Location: High Elms Country Park, Farnborough, Bromley, London, BR6

County: London

District: Bromley

Electoral Ward/Division: Darwin

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Traditional County: Kent

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: Downe St Mary Magdalene

Church of England Diocese: Rochester

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TQ 46 SW
785-/12/10007 Ice Well,
High Elms Estate


Icehouse, c1850. Cambered brick entrance, cemented over, visible above
ground. A curved brick passageway and flight of stone steps lead to
a large flask-shaped main chamber. A small access is situated at the
top of the chamber and a drain for melt water situated at its base.
A later rectangular chamber was added off the pasageway and was used
for storage for food. The well was used to maintain an even, low
temperature all through the year, with a gated entrance set within a
clump of yew trees to extract the warmer air. Approximately 2 tons,
or 1,000 cubic feet of ice could be stored in the main chamber. It is
not known for sure where the ice came from. There are several lakes
nearby, but there was an established trade in ice from the Baltic in
the 2nd half of the C19 and it could have been delivered from the
docks in cartloads of 2-cubic-foot blocks and stored in layers with
straw or hessian in between. This is an exceptionally large and
complete example of an ice house.

Listing NGR: TQ4459163461

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