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Inverernan Estate, Ice House

A Category C Listed Building in Strathdon, Aberdeenshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 57.185 / 57°11'5"N

Longitude: -3.1136 / 3°6'49"W

OS Eastings: 332784

OS Northings: 811014

OS Grid: NJ327110

Mapcode National: GBR WC.16YF

Mapcode Global: WH6LN.4NLS

Entry Name: Inverernan Estate, Ice House

Listing Date: 14 November 2006

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 399151

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB50636

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Strathdon

County: Aberdeenshire

Electoral Ward: Aboyne, Upper Deeside and Donside

Parish: Strathdon

Traditional County: Aberdeenshire

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Description

Possibly circa 1828. Small turf covered ice house sited to W of U-plan court of offices, now Inverernan Cottages, and to NW of walled garden. Rubble entrance to S, and vaulted, rectangular-plan interior of lime-rendered rubble.

Statement of Interest

Group with Inverernan House, Dovecot Cottage, Gates, Stables and Walled Garden. A simple but rare survivor possibly built during the same period as the 1828 classical reconstruction of Inverernan House. The icehouse would have been accessed by a timber ladder, and filling the small space would have been a simple task in the cold Cairngorm winter, unlike in the south where in mild winters ice would be obtained from colder parts. With improved transport in the canal and railway networks, importing ice from as far away as Norway and America became profitable, illustrating the popularity of this building type. Estate ice houses were commonly freestanding, and covered with either turf or thatch. Buxbaum quotes Sylvia Beamon and Susan Roaf writing in 1990, 'In Britain some three thousand were built, the majority in the period 1750-1875. They were often sited near the stable block or walled garden'. In spite of such popularity, survivors are surprisingly rare.

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