Icehouse at Clock House, Green Street Green
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Kent County Council
Dartford Borough Council
OV585585 (558523, 170570)
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An early 19th century icehouse situated within the grounds of Clock House in the hamlet of Green Street Green. The icehouse was constructed in 1812 for the then owner of Clock House, Thomas Edmeades. The almost entirely subterranean, red brick structure was adapted from two pre-existing deneholes which were enlarged to accommodate the circular ice chamber and its associated cold storage room. The icehouse is entered through an above ground wooden door with a classical, ashlar-faced, pedimented surround. On the fascia above the door are the initials TE and the date 1812. A steep flight of stairs leads down to a high-level opening in the ice chamber, allowing access to the ice when the chamber was full. An 'L'-shaped, barrel vaulted passageway runs north westwards to the circular cold storage room. The brick paved, domed ceilinged, circular cold storage room has a diameter of around 3 metres and is 3.9 metres high. A band of 38 slots cut radially into the walls held supports for a wooden shelf, since removed, and high on the wall are iron nail hooks used for suspending game. A second staircase leads from the passageway down to the floor of the ice chamber. This has a diameter of around 4.25 metres and is 5.9 metres high, with an ice loading shaft rising to the ground surface from the centre of the domed ceiling. This partly brick paved chamber floor has a central unpaved area through which the melting ice could drain into the natural Thanet Sand subsoil. Scheduled.
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