Norfolk

Weather causes Norfolk ice house to collapse

Long Stratton ice house
Image caption The ice house had stood in the village for nearly 200 years

An ice house that is a Grade ll listed building, with unknown ownership, has collapsed in a Norfolk village.

The building has stood just off the main street in Long Stratton for nearly 200 years and was a prominent landmark.

The parish council believes neglect and the cold weather caused the collapse.

In 2007 South Norfolk Council was asked to compulsorily purchase the building and pass it to the parish council for repair and custodianship.

It was on an at-risk register, but no record of who owned it could be found so that repairs could be made.

Vandals had damaged the structure and some of the brickwork was decaying.

But the recent cold weather was the last straw and the roof fell inwards over the new year, causing the entire structure to collapse.

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