weatherhill at freenet.co.uk
Wed Aug 6 08:12:14 IST 2008
Some are called "hulls".
Eddie Climo wrote:
> On 5 Aug 2008, at 17:14, Penny Squire wrote:
>> . . . Both Jynnji-ryn and Yeynji-ryn are unlikely as both engine
>> houses and ice-houses hadn't been around very long before Cornish
>> died out as a community language.
> That appears not to be the case.
> Indeede, 'yeynji' means a 'cold house' rather than necessarily an
> 'ice house'. 'Yeyn' means cool, cold or chill, and underground cold
> houses have been in widespread use for thousands of years (as have
> ice houses proper).
> According to Wikipedia, an ice house has been excavated in northwest
> Iraq, which dates back to 1700BC, and similar sites have been found
> in many ancient cultures, including the Chinese, Greeks, Romans and
> Persians, and going back into prehistory.
> While some surviving sites of this kind in Britain are associated
> with the aristocracy, the technology involved can be quite
> rudimentary, well within the reach of ordinary country dwellers,
> requiring nothing more than a covered hole in the ground, lined with
> insulating material. Snow or ice may be harvested locally and stored
> in the hole in winter, and this keeps the cold house chilled
> throughout the year. Alternatively, they have been kept cool with a
> flow of cool stream or lake water, sometimes aided by an evaporative
> system to draw out extra heat.
> No need for expensive imports of Scandinavian ice.
> p.s. I saw a TV documentary some years ago, about the excavation of
> one of these in Cornwall. What's annoying me is that I can't remember
> either where it was, or even what this structure was called in Cornwall.
> Any ideas anyone?
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