London Canal Museum

… the museum sits on Battlebridge Basin on the Regent’s Canal …

… a small but fascinating museum in what was once an ice house …

… about a third of one of the two original wells for ice is open for viewing … they each measured 10 metres wide by 13 metres deep and could store the ice for several months …

… ice is heavy and tricky to manoeuvre so horses and a pulley system were used to bring the ice out of the well on to carts ready for distribution to ice cream makers, butchers, fishmongers, hospitals etc …

… the ice mainly came from Norway and it was an important trade until refrigeration arrived …

… Carlo Gatti, an Italian of course, made ice cream here …

… the museum tells the story of the creation of the canals, the industry, and people who lived and worked on them …

… a bygone era …

~ by marysia on 6 September 2019.

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