Alastair Majury on Holmehill Ice House
I am pleased that the Stirling Observer has covered local archaeologist Murray Cook’s exploration of the entrance to an Ice House in Dunblane’s Holmehill.
A little on Ice House’s from the Daily Telegraph. Article here.
“Normally ice houses have earth mounds, so without the photo we might never have known. Although Compton Verney, which isn’t that far away, has thatch, too.”
The ice from ice houses was never used in food; even in those hardy, self-sufficient days they balked at filthy water, frozen or not. Ice was used in the kitchen, packed around food in ice chests or around wine in ornate coolers, and quite possibly taken on the earliest picnics.
And a little on Holmehill from Dunblane.Info.
Holmehill is a 13 acre greenspace in the centre of Dunblane. Situated to the east of the River Allan, and overlooking the cathedral, Holmehill is a prominent, attractive, and important landscape feature. Although now well wooded with mature trees, the origin of the name Holmehill — How Maol ‘The Hollow of the Bare Hill’ — suggesting a time in history when it may have looked very different.
The site currently supports mature woodlands, as well as open areas of grass and scrub. The huge trees include oak, sycamore, yew, sweet chestnut, beech, ash and lime; they border the paths and provide breeding places for many birds. Rooks are the noisiest and most obvious inhabitants and the rookery overlooking Ramoyle and the Braeport is full of constant noise and movement. In early spring, chiff chaffs and blackcap call insistently from amongst the trees, whilst in winter the tawny owls can be heard in the evenings. Roe deer also frequent Holmehill, and can often be seen amongst the trees on the top of the hill, or in the meadow area behind the Braeport.
Alastair Majury resides locally in the historic Scottish city of Dunblane, and is a Senior Regulatory Business Analyst working across the country. Alastair Majury is also a volunteer officer at the local Boys’ Brigade company, a charity which focuses on enriching the lives of children and young people, and building a stronger community. Alastair Majury also serves on the local council (Stirling Council) as Councillor Alastair Majury where he represents the ward of Dunblane and Bridge of Allan, topping the poll.