On Plymouth's historic Barbican, you'll find an ancient doorway to the Elizabethan House which takes you back in time to Drake's Plymouth.
This beautiful house and gardens is being expertly restored for the Mayflower 400 anniversary and is set to be one of the key legacy projects for the maritime city.
It is located on New Street - a deceptively named street built in 1575 and 1600 by a man named John Sparke, a highly regarded man in Plymouth and was mayor in 1583.
At number 32 you will find the “Elizabethan House”, a late 1500s house which was rescued from demolition in 1929. It survives in its near original state and is sympathetically furnished. Visits to the house and nearby Elizabethan Garden to the rear take you authentically back to the times of Sir Francis Drake and The Pilgrim Fathers.
Down panelled hallways and up spiral stairs, you'll find yourself in the furnished home of an Elizabethan merchant or sea captain. Mind your head on the low ceilings and feel the creaking oak of the sloping floors as you explore the Elizabethan House. See our restored kitchen and gardens on the ground floor, dining room and parlour on the first floor and bedrooms on the second floor.
It is currently being restored by two internationally experienced companies with funding from Plymouth City Council, the Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic England, the Coastal Revival Fund and The Pilgrim’s Trust.
Throughout those centuries the house stood almost unaltered while the fortunes of those living and working around the Barbican rose and fell. At times during the late 1800s when the area became overcrowded with servant dwellings and tenement buildings, nearly 60 people were registered as living at the property.
The house was saved from demolition after campaigning by then local MP Nancy Astor and opened in 1930 as a visitor attraction. It closed in 2015 for the essential restoration and re-interpretation works that will bring it back to life ready to re-open in 2020. The date of first recorded occupant is 1631 and the last recorded resident relinquished their deeds in 1929.
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