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Photo-a-Day  (Tuesday, 31st December, 2013)

Ice house foundations

Ice house foundations
Haigh Hall grounds.

Photo: Ron Dawber  (Canon G2 power-shot)
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Comment by: Jonno on 31st December 2013 at 00:19

As dirty harry would say, a pile of stones, could be anywhere.

Comment by: Janice on 31st December 2013 at 00:59

A very pleasant scene Ron. Do you know what this circular structure was?

Comment by: Dostaf on 31st December 2013 at 01:11

Ice house, or kennels?

There's a good old pic of it almost intact in an issue of Past Forward.

Comment by: David Fairclough on 31st December 2013 at 02:08

I think they are the old kennel

Comment by: Lizzie down under on 31st December 2013 at 02:58

Beautiful Ron....the little purple flower just sets it off for me...the whole picture is very nice...cheers!!!

Comment by: kath on 31st December 2013 at 07:13

I don't think I've ever seen this. It can't be far from the house?

Comment by: Roy on 31st December 2013 at 09:36

Pleasant photo Ron, one of two halves. Confusion in the bottom half and serenity in the top half. A Happy, healthy and prosperous New Year to all who subscribe to P-a-D.

Comment by: peterp on 31st December 2013 at 09:38

Ron you say the foundations of the ice house others say it was kennels which is correct?

Comment by: Joanne on 31st December 2013 at 10:38

The photo Dostaf mentioned is on p.38 of Past Forward, Issue No. 31, Summer 2002:


An interesting photo, thanks, Ron :o)

Comment by: Ron D on 31st December 2013 at 11:15

Both are correct.At first it was an ice house,and later on was used as kennels. It was a cold store before electricity, ice was gathered from ponds around, the walls where insulated with straw. It was said that it kept cool until June .

Comment by: Dostaf on 31st December 2013 at 14:40

Further info from Wigan Archaeological Society


'Haigh Dog Kennel Revealed'

Comment by: AP on 31st December 2013 at 22:49

Ice gathered from ponds?

Where the Crawfords too tight to buy the ice being imported from the New World like others did?

Comment by: Barry Cusick on 21st May 2014 at 00:41

Ron / Perterp, this is the old kennels

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