MHG10152 - Icehouse, Helmsdale

Summary

Early C19 icehouse.

Type and Period (2)

  • ICEHOUSE (Built, 19th Century - 1824 AD to 1824 AD)
  • WALL (Built, 19th Century - 1824 AD to 1824 AD)

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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. <1>

The ice house was scheduled in 1977.

(Location cited as ND 025 154). Ice-house, early 19th century. A very large vaulted ice-house with wing-walls, supporting the front <2>.

The building was listed at Category B in 1984.

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 c.6m high and c.8m 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 c. 4m by c. 5m and has a small drain in the concrete floor. The inner room has no door at present, is slightly larger, c.51/2m by 5m and has a flagged floor. There is a small hole in the wall near the roof. <3>

Built into side of hill, Large, with doors to E. <4>

The ice house was descheduled by Historic Scotland in 2015 as part of the Dual Designations Project. <5>


<1> Sinclair B Calder, 1974, The Industrial Archaeology of Sutherland (A Scottish Highland Economy 1700-1900) (Text/Publication/Volume). SHG364.


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


<3> Historic Scotland, Historic Scotland Site Visit Notes, 20/04/1998 (Dataset). SHG23880.


<4> White, H, Comment by Hilary White, HC Archaeologist, 03/10/2002 (Verbal Communication). SHG23635.


<5> Historic Scotland, 2015, Certificate of Exclusion from Schedule: Helmsdale, Ice House (Text/Designation Notification/Scheduled Monument). SHG27645.

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Map

Location

Grid reference Centred ND 0253 1537 (27m by 22m) (Buffered by site type)
Map sheet ND01NW
Geographical Area SUTHERLAND
Civil Parish KILDONAN

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