One of the oldest buildings in Plymouth is getting a huge makeover

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One of Plymouth's most historic houses is getting the builders in to reopen in time for Mayflower 400.


The Elizabethan House, New Street, in 1928

One of the oldest properties in Plymouth will be restored to its former glory ahead of the city’s Mayflower 400 celebrations.

Plymouth City Council has submitted a listed building application for a structural investigation to be carried out on the Elizabethan House on the Barbican.

The historic council-owned property, which is laid out in the style of a merchant or sea captain’s home from the 1600s, requires extensive maintenance and is currently closed to the public.

Inside Elizabethan House

Council Leader Ian Bowyer said: “This is the start of our journey to get this house ready for Mayflower 400.

“We want it to play a part in our story by renovating it and creating a place people will be able to see what life was like four centuries ago. But its age means we have to treat it very sensitively.”

Because of its condition and age, Historic England has included the Elizabethan House on its Heritage at Risk Register.

The council now plans to bid for funds to address the structural condition issues and an application will be submitted to Historic England in the autumn.

The first recorded occupant of the Elizabethan House at 32 New Street was a man called William Hele.
He purchased the property from a merchant called Richard Brendan in 1631 for £150.


Why has such a 'National' let alone Plymouth treasure been allowed to deteriorate like this.
This is all due to successive councils who couldn't be bothered.

This is to become a Mayflower and Sir Francis Drake museum. About time as there has never been any mention or exhibit for Sir Francis Drake anywhere in the city something that has disgusted and been questioned my countless people and societies over the years but the council never ever took any notice.

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