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Latitude: 55.8758 / 55°52'32"N
Longitude: -2.974 / 2°58'26"W
OS Eastings: 339155
OS Northings: 665161
OS Grid: NT391651
Mapcode National: GBR 70NH.XK
Mapcode Global: WH7V7.9K1Y
Entry Name: Oxenfoord Policies, Icehouse
Listing Date: 14 September 1979
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 331190
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB770
Building Class: Cultural
Electoral Ward: Midlothian East
Traditional County: Midlothian
Late 18th century. Rectangular icehouse. Ashlar lintel, long and short rybats; rubble sandstone passage, yellow sandstone ice chamber.
E (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: central entrance doorway: ashlar lintel, long and short quoins; curved rubble wing walls flanking.
Originally 2 timber entrance doors now missing. Formerly arched roof constructed from parallel courses of yellow sandstone blocks running E to W, now only partially remaining in W.
INTERIOR: passage leading to rectangular stone chamber with partial roof remaining.
The icehouse would have been a working part of the estate until the middle of the 19th century when most country houses started to phase out their use. Some were altered into game larders, but this one was abandoned. Sited on the driveway leading from the North Lodge to the main house, this icehouse was built above the ground under a natural mound then planted with firs and sycamore trees. Its entrance is sited at the east end of the mound and is approximately 5ft high. It interior passage is just over 3ft wide but widens and extends for a length of 7ft until it reached the inner door. The actual ice chamber was 15' 5" wide by nearly 27' long. Originally the chamber would have had a roof, of which only a small portion remains. It would have been of stone nearly a foot thick with a layer of cement between it and the soil above.
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