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Type of record:Building
Name:Icehouse, Helmsdale


Early C19 icehouse.


HAW, 2001 (photo by Hilary White)  © Highland CouncilOld Council listed building record (for up to date description see link to Historic Scotland's website)  © Highland Council(photo by Andrew Puls)  © Highland Council(photo by Andrew Puls)  © Highland Council
Grid Reference:ND 0253 1537
Map Sheet:ND01NW
Civil Parish:KILDONAN
Geographical Area:SUTHERLAND

Monument Types

  • ICEHOUSE (Built, 19th Century - 1824 AD to 1824 AD)
  • WALL (Built, 19th Century - 1824 AD to 1824 AD)
  • GATE PIER (Built, 19th Century - 1824 AD to 1824 AD)
  • GATE (Erected, 19th Century - 1824 AD to 1824 AD)
Protected Status:Scheduled Monument 4056: Helmsdale, ice house; Listed Building (B) 7195: Helmsdale Ice House


  • Survival: ROOFED BUILDING (undated)

Other References/Statuses

  • Historic Environment Record: MHG10152
  • NMRS NUMLINK Reference: 7482
  • NMRS Record Details: ND01NW63 HELMSDALE, ICE HOUSE
  • Old SMR Reference Number: ND01NW0031

Full description

Probably early 19th century. A vaulted stone building set into the banking just at S end of the old Helmsdale bridge. It was used for storing ice and fish.
The Industrial Archaeology of Sutherland (A Scottish Highland Economy 1700-1900) - Sinclair B Calder, 1974
J Aitken : 19/2/2004

(Location cited as ND 025 154). Ice-house, early 19th century. A very large vaulted ice-house with wing-walls, supporting the front <1>.

The site lies immediately to the SW of the minor road leading S out of Helmsdale. The icehouse is seperated from the road by a wall and metal gate with a small cobbled area where there is a stone dedicated to Dennis Martin in 1996. The ice house is built into the hillside with the gable end visible from the road. The E gable is c6m high and c8m wide, it has a wooden door and shuttered window. At the W side of the icehouse there is another, smaller, gable and what appears to be a slope for the ice to be run into the ice house. There is a double door into the icehouse and inside is made up of 2 rooms. The outer is c4m by c5m and has a small drain in the concrete floor. The inner room has no door at present, is slightly larger, c51/2m by 5m and has a flagged floor. There is a small hole in the wall near the roof <2>.

Built into side of hill, Large, with doors to E <3>.

Sinclair B Calder, 1974, The Industrial Archaeology of Sutherland (A Scottish Highland Economy 1700-1900) (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG364.

<1> Hume, J R, 1977, The industrial archaeology of Scotland 2: The Highlands and Islands, 319 (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG2332.

<2> Historic Scotland, Historic Scotland Site Visit Notes, 20/04/1998 (Dataset). SHG23880.

<3> White, H, Comment by Hilary White, HC Archaeologist, 03/10/2002 (Verbal Communication). SHG23635.

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