200-year-old ice house discovered underground in London tells of forgotten times

200-year-old ice house discovered underground in London tells of forgotten times

England is steeped in history, and it has been witness to many different civilizations for thousands of years. A country that has seen many battles over its land, it’s history has filled many books and continues to do so. There have been great historical discoveries in the country, and these have offered an insight into many diverse eras throughout time. The countries capital, London, has existed for 2000 years after being founded by the Romans, to which they named it Londinium, the capital of Britannia. London is today is known as a very important city, as well as desirable, with many people emigrating there. Key finds are still being made today and when an area in London began renovation works in a historical location, no-one could have guessed they would make such a discovery.

 

Renovation Plans

In many of the historical places around the world, in particular, in England, there comes a time where a renovation project will be initiated to ensure that the area can remain in all its ancient glory, but with a slight modification. There was a precise location in the London area that was no different.

Renovation Plans

A team of some of the best archaeologists was set to work and it is safe to say that they never expected to stumble across something so telling and fascinating, right there, in the middle of this popular location.

Past Time

A structure, that would offer details of the city’s history, that was never known before now and one that offered an insight into a time that people had forgotten.

Past Time

Captivating parts of history, that the world could now appreciate and what they found was truly extraordinary, that dated back to the 18th-century when London was a very different place to what it is today.

Expanding The City

Today, the English capital thrives with tourists and commuters, however back in the 18th century, it was extremely different as the Industrial Revolution began to take shape.

Expanding The City

The British Empire was expanding, and London was the epicenter. Was it at this time that this outstanding structure was lost underground as they built over it?

Creating One Kingdom

It was during this time, that many landmark events were bought together. In 1706, for the first time in history, unity brought both England and Scotland together as part of the United Kingdom.

Creating One Kingdom

Although the same monarch had ruled over both countries, they were separate kingdoms and were led by separate parliaments. But how did this connect with the find?

Buiding Britain

London began to flourish, and it was in 1710, that the famous St. Paul’s Cathedral was completed by architect Christopher Wren.

Buiding Britain

Politically, the city was also changing for the better and new areas were being built such as the renowned Mayfair estate. Bridges were built for easier access to the city but whilst all of this was happening, there was something happening that went unnoticed.

Wealth Divide

There on the ground, there was a rapidly growing class divide, that continued to grow as time went on. For those of wealth, the time was an exciting one where they could enjoy lavish homes and attend the opera.

Wealth Divide

For those where money didn’t come easy, it was a completely different story and this is where their discovery would have been in use.

Machines Took Over

For those living with much less money, their lifestyle couldn’t have been more different. Basic food that could only be enjoyed in rations, small houses that belong to big families, where most beds accommodated for four or five people.

Machines Took Over

With the Industrial Revolution taking over, many lost their jobs to machines and it was at that time, things took a turn.

Ice House

A usual fact is that during this time, a loophole was found in a job that still required a man and not a machine to do the job.

Ice House

Although it is something we barely think about nowadays, ice, yes ice, was extremely hard to come by around the world, so much so that there was a time when only the Royals were able to enjoy it, and this is what the discovery taught them.

Below The Surface

It was King James I who issued the order of England’s first ice house, which was located in Greenwich Park, London.

Below The Surface

The ice house was a cold, underground storage spot where the ice could be kept and remain frozen as well as food to ensure it remained edible. Built before the surface, the stone walls remained cold and work perfectly as an ice house.

Advanced Technology

The invention of the ice house became an advocate of technology and it wasn’t long until another was built in Upper St. James’s Park or better known as Green Park.

Advanced Technology

The ice houses began to inspire poetry for famous writers like Edmund Waller and enabled the rich people to impress their friends with ice-cold refreshments. But while the rich were appreciating this new method, some were suffering.