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I work in Exeter quite often so kind of take the building for granted, but it is a lovely structure and I'm glad the folk back in the 60's had the foresight to save such a local treasure. Here's a picture of how she looks today...
Number 16 Edmund Street, or Merchant House, was in the way of the new road and was scheduled for demolition. It dated from about 1500, although some thought it may be 14th century. It was certainly one of the oldest surviving houses in Exeter. In a poor state of repair, it didn't seem that important a loss.
However, with pressure from archaeologists, it was listed just in time, as an important building of architectural and historic significance, and the demolition was halted. Exeter City Council, with help from the government decided to spend £10,000 to have the house moved out of the way of the new road.
It took several weeks to prepare the house for the move - the timber framework of the house was criss-crossed with strengthening timbers and iron wheels placed at each corner attached to hydraulic jacks. No iron bolts, screws or supports were used against the original timbers, to prevent damage. The structure was top heavy, so during the move, the jacks would be used to ensure that it was always kept upright, with frequent checks made using spirit levels.
originally posted by: Night Star
Gorgeous house!!!!! You'd think they would have done something about how it leans. Doesn't exactly look safe. Do you know the history of the place?