Apley Woods

The Ice House

When King Charles II had cherries, strawberries and ice cream served at a special occasion in April 1667 it caused quite a sensation. An outside ice house which permitted the King to present such delicacies in Spring was soon a feature of many wealthy estates. Exactly when Apley's ice house was built is unknown.

Ice houses followed many different designs but the best were considered to be similar to the one found at Apley. An egg shape with the narrow end pointing downwards allowed the ice to slide down, becoming compacted slowing down the melting process. Once filled these ice-houses would store ice for over a year.


The ice houseThe ice house

The Ice House entranceThe Ice House entrance


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