Grimsby Ice Factory 'at risk'

Grimsby's historic ice factory has been added to a worldwide list of buildings of historical importance that are risk of being lost to the elements.

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Factfile: Grimsby Ice Factory and Kasbah

Grimsby's Ice Factory is a unique survivor of the Victorian industrial era. The building contains equipment designed, manufactured and installed by a British refrigeration company whose origins lie in the 17th century.

  • The Grade 2* listed structure is thought to be the oldest and largest surviving of its type in the world.
  • Construction began in 1898 and the building was finished in 1901.
  • At one time it was the largest ice factory in the world (4350 square metres)
  • At its peak 1200 tonnes of ice was produced per day.
  • The Kasbah is the historic Victorian dock area to the north of the factory.
  • The building has been on English Heritage's 'Heritage At Risk Register' since 2008.

Grimsby's ice factory added to 'at risk' list

Grimsby Ice Factory Credit: ITV News Calendar

Grimsby's historic ice factory and kasbah has been added to a worldwide list of sites of historical interest that are considered to be endangered. The building was closed in 1990 and today stands derelict. The Great Grimsby Ice Factory Trust is working to try to secure a new future for it.

The World Monument Fund's bi-annual watch list has been released and the ice factory has been added to it along with Sulgrave Manor in Northamptonshire, Battersea Power Station and Deptford Dockyard. The list aims to focus international attention on sites of cultural heritage that are 'at risk'.

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