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WOLSELEY ICE HOUSE

The   Wolseley ice house is to be found within the Wolseley Nature Reserve, near Rugeley.   It was once part of the Wolseley Hall estate and is located near to the remains of the old kitchen garden buildings.

It is built into an earth embankment and is accessed by a descending steps.  It is rectangular in shape and is lined with what looks like ashlar blocks rather than bricks which could mean it is pre1800’s.  It has been restored and the ‘pit’ has been filled in.  

WOLSELEY HALL
WOLSELEY HALL
This is an old postcard showing Wolseley Hall which was demolished in 1966 after suffering a serious fire in the 1950's. The Wolseley family had lived there since Norman times and continued to own the land until mid 1990's.
The Wolseley Nature Reserve now occupies part of the land on which the ice house is located and is open to the public. The ice house is located near to the car park.
WOLSELEY ICE HOUSE  EMBANKMENT
WOLSELEY ICE HOUSE EMBANKMENT
This picture shows the embankment and the ice house is behind the bushes
WOLSELEY ICE HOUSE ENTRANCE
WOLSELEY ICE HOUSE ENTRANCE
Steps leading down to the ice house
WOLSELEY ICE HOUSE ENTRANCE
WOLSELEY ICE HOUSE ENTRANCE
Looking down into the ice house
WOLSELEY ICE HOUSE INSIDE
WOLSELEY ICE HOUSE INSIDE
Looking inside the ice house which is rectangular in style. This shape was more common with commercial ice houses rather than country estates.

You can see the filled in ice 'pit'.
WOLSELEY ICE HOUSE ROOF
WOLSELEY ICE HOUSE ROOF
The roof of the ice house showing the blocks rather than the more common bricks
WOLSELEY ICE HOUSE OUTSIDE
WOLSELEY ICE HOUSE OUTSIDE
~The top of the ice house. Not sure if the wall was originally there
WOLSELEY ICE HOUSE OUTSIDE
WOLSELEY ICE HOUSE OUTSIDE
The other side of the wall