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Blairquhan Estate, Icehouse

A Category C Listed Building in Straiton, South Ayrshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.3164 / 55°18'58"N

Longitude: -4.5743 / 4°34'27"W

OS Eastings: 236733

OS Northings: 605496

OS Grid: NS367054

Mapcode National: GBR 4C.731X

Mapcode Global: WH3RM.PMYR

Entry Name: Blairquhan Estate, Icehouse

Listing Date: 22 October 2007

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 353385

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB19096

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Straiton

County: South Ayrshire

Electoral Ward: Maybole, North Carrick and Coylton

Parish: Straiton

Traditional County: Ayrshire

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Description

Probably circa 1825. Barrel-vaulted icehouse with wide rectangular entrance to barrel-vaulted passageway, leading to rectangular inner gateway of funnel-floored ice chamber. Roughly coursed sandstone with tooled dressings and moulded architrave to inner gateway. Grass roof swept down to ground.

Statement of Interest

A well-preserved earlier 19th century icehouse which contributes to the historical integrity of the Blairquhan estate. As with most icehouses, it is built on raised, sloping ground near to a source of ice, in this case the Garden Pond and a stretch of the Water of Girvan known as Icehouse Pool. It faces E; most icehouses faced either N or SE, the latter to catch the morning sun to dispel damp. It was renovated in 1997.

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