Icehouse 190m East of Firle Place
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East Sussex County Council
Lewes District Council
OV475475 (547533, 107086)
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Icehouse situated within the grounds of Firle Place, on the estern edge of West Firle village. Firle Place is an early 16th century manor house remodelled in the 18th century. The icehouses has been dated on cartographic evidence, and by its architectural features, to the late 19th century. The almost entirely subterranean red brick structure is built into a wooded, north facing slope, at the foot of the Sussex Downs, immediately behind the low brick wall of a ha-ha. It is entered on its northern side through a barrel vaulted passageway. The passage leads to a high level opening in the ice chamber, allowing access when the chamber was full. The chamber itself is almost square and measures 4.2 metres by 4.8 metres and is around 5 metres deep from its base to the top of its barrel vaulted ceiling. A 3 metre long, brick loading chute opens into the vault from a trackway at the higher ground level above the icehouse. This unusual system enabled ice to be unloaded directly off the cart and into the ice chamber. Scheduled.
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