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HER Number:MDV8509
Name:Boathouse or Icehouse in Oldstone Park


Boathouse or icehouse, probably late 18th century, set into a bank overlooking fish ponds in Quarryhead Wood.


Grid Reference:SX 814 518
Map Sheet:SX85SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBlackawton
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishBLACKAWTON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX85SW/7/1
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II): 99803

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • ICEHOUSE (XVIII - 1701 AD to 1800 AD (Between))

Full description

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV148.

At oldstone a structure, possibly an icehouse, incorporates "period" architectural details. Part of an 18th century landscape scene (os).

PATTISON, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV151316.

Grotto with cruciform chamber and barrel vaulted roof. Labelled "boat house" on 1890 os map, but original function can have been neither as this nor as an ice house. Built as a grotto, in a typical secluded position close to water (pattison).

DIMES, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV172820.

Seems too large and lofty to be a boathouse. Cruciform in shape, with stone walls and vaulted roof, this could have been abbot's fish house (dimes).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV172821.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV172822.

Pattison, p. /pdas/50(1992)132/oldstone:a mansion and its gardens in south devon:a survey by the royal commission on the historical monuments of england.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV172823.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV172824.

Des=dimes, u. /oldstone: the story of a ruined mansion/dartmouth history research group 9/(1993)11/in smr.

Keep, C., 2013, Oldstone (Un-published). SDV357994.

The boathouse by the top pond has been described as a grotto (RCHME) or a monastic fish-house for smoking and storage.

Ordnance Survey, 2015, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV357601.

English Heritage, 2015, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV357602.

Boathouse or icehouse. Probably late C18. Stone rubble. Single cell cruciform - like on plan set into a bank overlooking fish ponds in Quarryhead Wood. The front wall is slate rubble with a large round arch opening, the head of the outer arch has collapsed. Interior: Barrel-vaulted roof, of the back the vaulted recess is narrower farming a cruciform - like plan. The floor is slate bedrock. It might have been an icehouse but the opening at the front is rather large and the 1906 OS map marks it as a boathouse.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV148Migrated Record:
SDV151316Migrated Record: PATTISON.
SDV172820Migrated Record: DIMES.
SDV172821Migrated Record:
SDV172822Migrated Record:
SDV172823Migrated Record:
SDV172824Migrated Record:
SDV357601Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2015. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #108614 ]
SDV357602National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2015. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital.
SDV357994Un-published: Keep, C.. 2013. Oldstone. Devon Local Register of Parks and Gardens of Local Historic Interest. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV55161Part of: Oldstone Park (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Mar 25 2015 10:18AM