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County Westmeath
15401113
Ice house to south of Tristernagh Priory : entrance.
Reg. No.15401113
Date1780 - 1800
Previous NameN/A
TownlandTRISTERNAGH DEMESNE
CountyCounty Westmeath
Coordinates234437, 261252
Categories of Special InterestARCHITECTURAL SOCIAL TECHNICAL
RatingRegional
Original Useicehouse
 
Description
Pair of detached icehouses on polygonal plans, built c.1790, associated with Tristernagh House (now ruinous). Now disused. Icehouse to south has brick barrel-vaulted interior with evidence of rubble stone porch to front, now collapsed. Blocked entrance to south. Rubble stone facing to entrance front with square-headed opening with brick surround. Icehouse to north has domed brick interior with rubble stone porch with segmental-headed doorcase (opening within top half of chamber) on northwest side. Located adjacent to Tristernagh Abbey/House.

Appraisal

Icehouses were common structures associated with large demesnes particularly during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. They played an important functional role in the preservation of food in the era before refrigeration. The domed and barrel-vaulted interiors are impressive examples of early engineering and are of technical merit. These icehouse form part of a group of structures associated with Tristernagh Abbey/House, a medieval foundation apparently converted into a dwelling house in the late eighteenth-century but abandoned shortly thereafter.
 
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