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Auchinleck Estate, Ice or Deer Cave

A Category B Listed Building in Auchinleck, East Ayrshire

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Latitude: 55.4803 / 55°28'49"N

Longitude: -4.3619 / 4°21'43"W

OS Eastings: 250828

OS Northings: 623258

OS Grid: NS508232

Mapcode National: GBR 3M.WZF1

Mapcode Global: WH3QY.ZJ12

Entry Name: Auchinleck Estate, Ice or Deer Cave

Listing Date: 31 January 1992

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 338032

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB6446

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Auchinleck

County: East Ayrshire

Electoral Ward: Cumnock and New Cumnock

Parish: Auchinleck

Traditional County: Ayrshire

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Probably mid-18th century. Ice and meat storing cave, hollowed out of the red sandstone? bank of the Dippel Gorge. Short entrance tunnel approximately 2'6" wide, leading to egg-shaped chamber approximately 12' high and 10' wide. Filled from the top and sealed with a stone lid.

Statement of Interest

The ice house was used to store salted meat through the winter months. The cave may be earlier than 18th century as it may have served earlier houses of Auchinleck. However its location near the mid-18th century mansion, its drive and associated bridges and Boswell's Summerhouse, suggests a roughly contemporary date.

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