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.