BIDDULPH GRANGE ICE HOUSE
The Biddulph Grange ice house built into a sandstone outcrop and is reached by going through the tunnel from the ‘China’ garden. It took me some time to find the stairs which lead up to the iron gate to the ice house.
It is flood lit so you get a good view of the brick-lined ‘pit’ which is quite deep. Also you can see the opening at the top of the dome where the ice would have been dropped into the pit for compacting.
It is very impressive and well worth a visit.
By 1861 the property belonged to Robert Heath, a local industrialist. It later became a hospital and was taken over by the National Trust in 1988 who have undertaken the restoration of the gardens, which is ongoing.