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    Default An outdoor larder

    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






    The ceiling


    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?

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    Default Re: An outdoor larder

    Interesting stuff.

    How did you find it? was it down to your meticulous research or did you just stumble upon it

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    Default Re: An outdoor larder

    If you click on my 'blog entries: 5' that gives you the story behind it :-)

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    Default Re: An outdoor larder

    Quote Originally Posted by BereniceUK
    If you click on my 'blog entries: 5' that gives you the story behind it :-)
    It all becomes clearer now

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    Default Re: An outdoor larder

    Found out today that it's an icehouse. Ice was put inside and food hung and stored to keep cool

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    Default Re: An outdoor larder

    nice find you there

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    Default Re: An outdoor larder

    This indeed is a larder and was used in living memory to store Butter. Its really too small to be an ice house as substantial quantities of ice had to be obtained in order that it would last the summer. It has also been used to store beer for the Rose and Crown pub as the ale cart only used to visit brown edge every fourtnight and beer doesn't normally last that long and the Rose and Crown does not gave an underground cellar.
    Pete Turner
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