Ice house and bones found in cellar of pub

By David Newble

Saturday, February 22, 2014


BUILDING work at a popular Cowes watering hole unearthed some unusual discoveries.

Deep in the cellar of the Pier View, workmen were astonished to find a hitherto unknown ice house and a pile of horse bones.

Intricate brickwork from the ice house appeared when alterations were being done to the building.

Also buried in the clay were a number of bones, including a jaw bone, later identified as coming from a horse.

Ice houses were used before fridges to keep meat and dairy products cool. An example of an ice house exists at Northwood House. However, how the horse bones came to be in the cellar remains a mystery.

But there is speculation they could date from the days when the Fountain Inn opposite was a coaching house.

Landlady of the Pier View Sue Wescomb said photos of the excavation could eventually go on display at the pub.

She said: "The builders were doing an extension in the cellar. The bones were actually in the clay.

"As they dug deeper, they found some intricate brickwork. They knocked a hole in it and put in a camera and found it was an ice house. It has all been covered over now."



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by carl palmer

24th February 2014, at 11:26:57

So we have discovered Iceland’s first lasagne factory

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by David Blackford

23rd February 2014, at 13:39:22

They could advertise horses doofers to the posh boat people - (hors-d'oeuvres to us lesser mortals)

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by Keven Ball

23rd February 2014, at 12:46:38

I like it Lee, lol.

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by Patrick Hall

22nd February 2014, at 22:47:32

That whole area around Carvel Lane was full of very poor housing and brothels in the early 19th century. There were numerous rag and bone men in the area, politely known as 'marine stores dealers'.. The bottom of Terminus Road - the bit next to the Pier View Hotel - was called Hog Lane in olden times and John Groves, in his book 'Cowes - The Jewel of the Solent' notes that it was probably so called because of the number of slaughterhouses operated in the vicinity, So that may possibly explain the horse bones in the cellar.

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by Keven Ball

22nd February 2014, at 20:20:07

Nice one Lee! :)

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by Lee Butt

22nd February 2014, at 20:15:11

Just shows you what Cowes was like in its HAY DAY

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by Mike Crowe

22nd February 2014, at 18:43:24

Won't be Shergar. Saw Lord Lucien riding Shergar only a few days ago up at Loch Ness whilst I was photographing the Loch Ness monster. Only just missed taking a photo of him because the battery on my camera ran out and by the time I had put a replacement battery in, he had gone.

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by Peter Jeffery

22nd February 2014, at 17:59:19

Shergar ?

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by Colin Russell

22nd February 2014, at 17:53:44

May be it was an old knackers shop at some stage,

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by Keven Ball

22nd February 2014, at 16:42:39

Who knows David how the bones got there? That is why it is quite interesting, don't you agree? "How the horse bones came to be in the cellar remains a mystery." I agree with that.

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