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

The application asks to carefully remove all internal finishes from the building, including sand and cement renders and lime plaster. This is to enable a full assessment of its condition to be carried out. All original features will be recorded and conserved as part of the project.

The house in New Street is a grade II* listed building and is in need of conservation. An initial structural and condition appraisal has already been carried out and has established that the building has significant issues which need further investigation.

Photograph of the interior of the Elizabethan House, New Street, The Barbican, PlymouthInappropriate repairs carried out in 1929 have resulted in persistent damp issues. These now require a sympathetic and comprehensive response in order to be fully rectified.

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 where people will be able to see what life was like four centuries ago. 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 this autumn.

Photograph of the exterior of the Elizabethan House, New Street, The Barbican, PlymouthA conservation-led design team is being appointed to renovate the building with a view to creating an exciting immersive museum experience that will transport visitors back to Elizabethan Plymouth.

The structural investigation work will start in late autumn and is expected to take around six months. Designs for the new museum will be developed after this.

Find out more about the history of the Elizabethan House here.

This news release was originally published on the Plymouth City Council newsroom.