Dual Entrance and Above Ground Hatch Cellars
Dual Entrance Cellars
Dual entrance cellars are set into the ground and lined with rocks or concrete. A shed is built on top of the cellar that has its own entrance. Sometimes the cellar and shed areas can only be accessed through their own doors; sometimes there is an interior hatch that connects the two parts of the structure.
A rarer type of cellar, this example is from Bryant’s Cove, Conception Bay.
Above Ground Hatch Cellars
A type of cellar that required a bit of agility to enter was the above ground hatch cellar. This is a freestanding structure covered with earth mound and thick sod on the exterior. This cellar design, though, requires entry to the cellar to be from above through a hatch door rather than a ground level door.
The design of these cellars can vary with the design of the shed structure above it. Some above ground hatch cellars do not have a shed top house at all and the entry to the cellar is from a hatch door directly outside.
This type of cellar is quite rare, in Newfoundland and Labrador, there are only a few examples which come from Fogo Island and Change Islands.