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Ice harvesting
Ice harvesting (reference image) Library of Congress- Detroit Publishing Co

Unique ice store found under London street shows historical ice trade with Norway

Archaeologists have found an enormous ice storage or ice house near Regent’s Park built in the 1780s. In the absence of refrigirators, the 18th-century Londoners used ice sourced from large blocks of ice from Norwegian Fjords which were kept in large subterranean wells.

The structure is the earliest-known ice store of this size and has been designated as a scheduled monument by Historic England. 

Read more and see the images at The Guardian.