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Ice House at Wycombe Abbey

A Grade II Listed Building in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire

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Latitude: 51.6234 / 51°37'24"N

Longitude: -0.7511 / 0°45'4"W

OS Eastings: 486551

OS Northings: 192356

OS Grid: SU865923

Mapcode National: GBR D5B.2YH

Mapcode Global: VHDW4.XGSC

Plus Code: 9C3XJ6FX+9H

Entry Name: Ice House at Wycombe Abbey

Listing Date: 25 May 1999

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1387291

English Heritage Legacy ID: 475236

Location: Abbey, Buckinghamshire, HP11

County: Buckinghamshire

Electoral Ward/Division: Abbey

Built-Up Area: High Wycombe

Traditional County: Buckinghamshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Buckinghamshire

Church of England Parish: High Wycombe All Saints

Church of England Diocese: Oxford

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Ice house with screen wall. Ice house probably 1764 by Capability Brown for the Earl of Shelburne; screen wall probably c1804 by James Wyatt for Lord Carrington. Earth-covered brick-built ice house with screen wall of flint with Denner Hill stone centrepiece. Central four-centre-arched entrance, bricked up and covered by board door of c1985; archway and flanking piers of stone with galleted joints, the piers having chamfered plinths and capstones; flint parapet over door with chamfered stone off-set and coping. Flanking walls, slightly curved, have shallow, pointed-arched niches and end-piers with pyramidal finials, all in flint, right-hand pier missing upper part. The ice house is said to have a brick-lined tunnel leading to a chamber with a domed vault, the pit filled in with chalk. A mid-C18 ice house with an unusual and attractive early-C19 screen wall.
Source: K A Walpole, From one generation to another (Cox & Wyman), p.4. Sylvia P Beaumont & Susan Poaf, The ice-houses of Britain, 1990, p.211 -212.

Listing NGR: SU8655192356

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