History of Colwick Woods Part 2

I wonder how many folk have been wondering around Colwick Woods and come across a brick lined hole in the ground ? If you have and your not in the know then you’d sure be wondering about its purpose and coming up with all kinds of mental images, from a Well to gun emplacement. Here’s the truth, that brick lined hole in the ground used to be an “Ice House”, some would even ask, Ice House ? An Ice House is simply a building that was used to store Ice, so during the winter that brick pit would have been filled with Snow and ice then have straw or sawdust packed on top to insulate it. Over the pit would have been a domed brick structure to protect the ice from the heat of the day. That way it was quite possible for the ice to remain in the pit for months. This produced cold storage for food items or anything else you wanted to preserve or keep cold for any length of time. The Ice House was at one time the cold storage facility for Colwick Hall, so now you know what some people had before refrigerators !!!! Ice houses were introduced in the UK around 1660. there is a photograph in our GALLERY showing what we think our Ice house would have been like………… The picture is a Cutaway illustration.