1675: A new look for Exeter Quay

In 1675, Exeter City Chamber successfully appealed against the removal of customs services to Topsham, and built a smart 150m waterfront at Exeter Quay.

Five years later Exeter Custom House, a handsome brick building, was constructed by Richard Allen. Today, the open arches that gave access to the warehouse areas have been filled in, and it has become a visitor centre, introducing tourists to the Quay. Inside, you can climb its sweeping staircase and admire the ornate ceilings in the upper rooms, where the customs men once worked.

Artist’s impression of Exeter Quay in the 1600s with the new Customs House
© Exeter Canal and Quay Trust
Exeter Custom House © Visit Exeter
Ceiling in Exeter Custom House