Damage to Shuttle Row

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Now here’s a bit of a mystery. This is an old view of Shuttle Row down at the Village, which you may know in 1813 was the birthplace of Explorer, David Livingstone. The date of the picture is unknown, but thought to be just before the museum was renovated (1920s).

Now, if you look very closely…. right in the middle, there’s a monumental vertical crack running the full 3 storeys! I wouldn’t be too surprised if the bottom of the space was a half foot or more wide. It got me thinking of other photos of Shuttle Row that showed the chimney stacks with dangerous leans. So, was the building on the move? How was and when was it repaired? Was that uncovered during the recent building work? If anybody knows more, I’d love to hear from you.

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