Black and White Sunday, Structure

Paula continues her Black and White Sunday this week with the theme of ‘Structure’. I took this photo a few weeks ago, when I was showing my friend some of the historic sites in Exeter. This building dating from the early 15th century, was once the Merchant’s House, but is now commonly known as the House that Moved.

There’s an excellent article here, written by the very knowledgeable local historian, David Cornforth, that explains the name. On the right hand side of the page is another link, to a short film from the BBC archives, a great piece of history that would throw today’s health and safety officers into a real panic.


10 thoughts on “Black and White Sunday, Structure

  1. What an amazing story. Salvation where now you’d probably get hung-ho destruction. And what engineering skill. Reporter sounded as if he was hoping for a disaster – moving house seems to me as dramatic as runaway house would’ve been. Your photo is a beauty.

  2. Superb photo Gilly. And quite a story! I know of timber and stone structures that have been dismantled and re-erected elsewhere, but have never heard of a house that has been lifted and placed on another spot quite like that….mouse and all!! 🙂

  3. That is a magnificent photo, Gilly!
    Thank you for the link. What an extraordinary effort to move the house. Well documented. 🙂

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