Compton Verney Ice House
Nr Stratford, Warwickshire
Compton Verney House Trust
Compton Verney comprises the 18th century grade 1 listed house designed by Robert Adam. The house is set in more than 120 acres of parkland, landscaped by Lancelot 'Capability' Brown, the most eminent landscape architect of the eighteeth-century.
Although the original estate was split up and sold a century ago, the ‘pleasure grounds’ still clearly reflect the sweeping grassland, ornamental lakes and Cedars of Lebanon for which Brown is famous.
The Icehouse is a Grade II Listed building located within the Icehouse Coppice of the parkland.
The works to the Ice House included consolidative repairs to the dome structure and reinstatement of the brick entrance tunnel and thatched roof. These repairs took place during 2010.
The stone plinth to the perimeter of the outer dome was repaired/ reconstructed to provide a bearing for reinstatement of the timber roof structure.
Ground levels around the plinth were re-graded.
The passageway brickwork, walls and buttresses, were consolidated and re-constructed to wallplate level replicating the original structure. The brick barrel vaulted ceiling was reinstated to the full length of passageway, again replicating the original structure, with a new brick gable at the entrance.
A new oak roof structure was installed above the dome and entrance tunnel. The dome section was based upon evidence of the original, which was constructed with radiating rafters built up off a wallplate bearing on to plinth wall.
New long straw thatch was reinstated over the dome and passageway running the length of the passageway, butting up against the brick gable.