The history of ice storage is a fascinating one, and until recently generally unknown.
In the early 17th century British aristocrats began to build ice houses on their estates. They would ‘harvest’ ice from their own lakes and ponds and store it in underground vaults. This meant they could use it to preserve foods in the summer months, prepare iced drinks and ice cream, and cool their rooms.
Later on entrepreneurs and commercial outlets who required ice in large quantities would turn to Norway for their supplies.