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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.

BIDDULPH GRANGE
BIDDULPH GRANGE
Biddulph Grange was bought by John Bateman in the 1840's. He had a passion for plant and horticulture. The gardens were designed by John and his wife.

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.
BIDDULPH GRANGE ICE HOUSE ENTRANCE
BIDDULPH GRANGE ICE HOUSE ENTRANCE
this is the iron gate at the top of the stairs which lead from the tunnel from the 'China' garden.
BIDDULPH GRANGE ICE HOUSE CHAMBER
BIDDULPH GRANGE ICE HOUSE CHAMBER
Looking down inside the brick-lined chamber.
BIDDULPH ICE HOUSE DOMED ROOF
BIDDULPH ICE HOUSE DOMED ROOF
The brick-lined domed roof
BIDDULPH GRANGE ICE HOUSE - THE 'ICE' HOLE
BIDDULPH GRANGE ICE HOUSE - THE 'ICE' HOLE
This is the hole where the collected ice would have been deposited down into the 'pit' for compacting
BIDDULPH GRANGE ICE HOUSE BRICKWORK
BIDDULPH GRANGE ICE HOUSE BRICKWORK
The ice house brickwork