WATCH: Inside's London lost underground ice house

2019-01-06 18:53

Watch above as historians explore an "amazing historical find": an old ice well under the streets of London. The enormous ice house, built in the 1780s, is around 9 metres deep and was recently uncovered after decades out of sight under the streets.

From the 1820s it was used to store high quality ice imported from Norway, after having been used for local ice fished out of rivers near London. With enough ice in the space, it would stay cold enough to supply ice to Londoners even in summer.

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