18th-century thatched Icehouse at Scotney Castle & Gardens in Kent, United Kingdom. ( UK National Trust)
Basically Ice Houses were fashionable during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries before the invention of the refrigerator. Ice was collected from the moat during the winter months and stored inside the brick chamber. Due to the excellent insulation qualities of the Ice House, ice could be stored for up to a year, any ice that melted during this time would drain away out of a hole built into the bottom of the chamber.
But looking down to the depths of the building I saw the real secret of its success. The beautifully crafted brick cylinder has been dug deep into the earth and the bricks alongside the surrounding earth would have maintained an ambient temperature.

Artists Universe – 8th March 2012
Preserving History – 17th March 2012


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  • Ethna Gillespie
    Ethna Gillespieover 2 years ago

    Most unusual. It reminds me of some sort of childrens’ playhouse.

  • Thank you Ethna!!

    – Fern Blacker

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeover 2 years ago

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeover 2 years ago

  • JPassmore
    JPassmoreover 2 years ago

    Straight out of Lord of the Rings!! Fabulous.

  • Lol, Thanks John!! I find it so hard to believe that so many people who visits Scotney Castle appears to miss this little building!!!

    – Fern Blacker

  • nickycooper
    nickycooperover 2 years ago

    Wow its so unique looks like it should be on the set of the hobbit Fern.

  • :-)

    – Fern Blacker

  • Angelika Sielken
    Angelika Sielkenover 2 years ago

    very magical <3

  • Thanks for the comment Angelika :-)

    – Fern Blacker

  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sediciover 2 years ago

    MARCH 8th, 2012

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  • Kittycat10
    Kittycat10over 2 years ago

    MAGICAL WORK!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Thank you :-)

    – Fern Blacker

  • trueblvr
    trueblvrover 2 years ago

    beautiful capture….And thanks for the write up….very ingenious!!

  • Thank you :-)

    – Fern Blacker

  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsover 2 years ago

    Green for St. Patrick’s Day!
    Congratulations Fern
    March 17/12

  • Thank you!!!

    – Fern Blacker

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