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Storing ice in London

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  Ice was stored in London in large ice wells. Two wells are preserved beneath the London Canal Museum. They were 40 feet (12 metres) deep and about 30 feet (9 metres) in diameter. By packing ice into deep wells it could be kept for a long time until it was needed in the summer. Artist's impression of the ice well in use. A hoist is used to lower blocks of ice.
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