Before refrigerators how did people keep food cool so that it lasted longer? If you lived in a big house you could probably afford an ice house but farmers had a cheaper alternative - an outdoor larder. I was lucky enough to find one today near Brown Edge, Staffordshire
Obviously, the cooler the place you put your larder the longer the food would keep. Here, it's in the bank under the tree. The chamber would have been dug out of the bank and then lined with stones
Inside extends back a good 6 feet and there's a ledge too, probably to keep food off the ground from any vermin and insects that might get in and in case of any flooding
Under the ledges
There must have been a door of some sort to stop foxes and other animals getting inside. In one of the stones on the righthand of the entrance is a hole. Perhaps a wooden door was simply placed against the entrance with a pin attached (chain/rope?) which could have fitted into a bolt in the hole. It's possible that part of the corresponding stone on the lefthand side has since broken away.
How old would this larder be?