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Ice-House, Marchmont House

A Category C Listed Building in Polwarth, Scottish Borders

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.7317 / 55°43'54"N

Longitude: -2.4112 / 2°24'40"W

OS Eastings: 374274

OS Northings: 648779

OS Grid: NT742487

Mapcode National: GBR C2L5.S5

Mapcode Global: WH8XD.X6ZB

Plus Code: 9C7VPHJQ+MG

Entry Name: Ice-House, Marchmont House

Listing Name: Marchmont Estate, Ice House

Listing Date: 16 August 1999

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 393594

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB46322

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Polwarth

County: Scottish Borders

Electoral Ward: Mid Berwickshire

Parish: Polwarth

Traditional County: Berwickshire

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Description

Dated 1828 (?). Coursed red sandstone ashlar, semi-subterranean ice house with barrel-vaulted passage accessing boarded timber door within; sealed chamber beyond. Ashlar voussoirs to round-arched entrance centred in NE elevation (gate missing); crowsteps to right (missing to left); dated panel centred in surmounting segmental-arched pediment. Low stepped wall to front.

Statement of Interest

B Group comprises Marchmont House, Adam Bridge, the Cottages near the Remains of Redbraes Castle, the Dovecot, Gamekeeper's Cottage, Ice House, The Kennel House, 1 & 2 Marchmont Estate Cottages, Redbraes, Stable Courtyard and the Walled Garden (see separate list entries). Set to the NW of Marchmont House, this ice house is thought to have been erected by Sir William Purves Hume-Campbell. Although obscured by overgrowth, it remains a good and relatively early example of its type. Now sealed and therefore not seen 1998, the inner chamber is thought to be circular in plan.

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