This is the Ice House – or what’s left of it – in 18th century Florence Court in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland.

This was a luxury that only the larger houses could afford. Ice was collected during the winter from streams and ponds and packed here into a lower chamber. Meat, fish and dairy products were kept here, nicely chilled by the ice. There would have been a drain hole at the bottom for the melting ice water. It was built on a north facing slope and, thanks to thick stone walls and a further covering of earth and vegetation, ice could survive here until well in to the summer months!

And here’s another (less interesting111) door from the estate!!!!!!

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  1. I’m always fascinated by ice houses and how effective they were. I wonder what it would have been like had they experienced our rather milder winters back then? A lot less ice to collect I suspect!

    1. My thoughts exactly Sarah. When reading about it I just couldn’t visualise the amount of ice required – It would certainly be a challenge nowadays – apart from the odd cold spell….

    1. It’s wonderful to know they still exist, Aiva. I’d love to see one of them – still haven’t made it to Latvia. Hope you’re having a lovely summer, despite the weather!!

    1. And Aiva says they still exist in Latvia – how cool is that!! (eh – no pun intended!😂) You’ll have to add that to your list…

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