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Before Refrigerators
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Before Refrigerators

Discovered this chamber today. It is situated beneath the floorboards of the main entrance hall in an Orkney manse.
Roughly 2m long by 1.2m wide by 1m deep. It is lined along the sides and bottom with flag stones. We think it was for keeping food in ? It has a removable hatch with a sturdy iron ring for lifting it off.
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Picture added on 16 October 2007
Not a priest hole is it ? Did they have them in Orkney?
Added by Geoff Linnitt on 17 October 2007
It's probably for chilling the communion wine
Anonymous comment added on 17 October 2007
Or perhaps filled with water for baptism.
Added by Spoot on 17 October 2007
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