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Our ‘coolest’ grant – the ice house at High Melton, Doncaster

Affectionately known by our Heritage At Risk team as 'The Gruffalo House', the Ice House at Doncaster College's High Melton campus has undergone a recent transformation.

Thanks to the efforts of the College Estates Team and the Life Skills Group (a group of young people at the college with learning disabilities) the site was cleared of brambles and scrub to allow the conservation work by Crighton Conservation, funded by Historic England, to happen.

Photo of the Ice House at High Melton before restoration
The ice house before restoration © Historic England

We take our fridges for granted now but before they were invented, people built underground chambers to store ice and keep their food and drinks cool. The Ice House was built quite far from High Melton Hall, an 18th century hall, and was designed to be an interesting landscape feature as well as functional. With its gothick frontage and newly planted meadow flowers over the roof, it makes a great location for the Forest School to gather for story-telling.

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