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Weird World Moves

Weird World Moves

By Sean Ford | May 21, 2014

Moving house around the world

Here in the UK, most people move house through choice and it’s a relatively easy process. You sell your house or end your lease, pack your stuff, pop it in a van, drive to the new house and then unpack it all. Simple! But over the years, there have been some amazing examples of situations where moving was not a simple choice but was rather forced upon people due to situations out with their control. This has led to some weird and wonderful tales of moving home from all around the world. Here are just a few of the wackiest moving stories we’ve found.

Moving house – literally!

Many of us have found ourselves in the situation where you love the house but for whatever reason – plot size, neighbors, even a railway line at the bottom of the garden – the location is just not going to work. For most of us that means going back to the drawing board and looking for more properties in a better location. But for some, physical location is no barrier when you really, really want the house.

One of the best known examples of a literal house move is the story of Agecroft Hall. Built in Lancashire in the 15th century, this Tudor manor house gradually fell into disrepair during the 19th century but was eventually bought in the 1920s by a gentleman who was interested in restoring it in all its historic grandeur. The only slight problem was that he was an American who had no intention of moving to the UK. Instead, he had the house dismantled piece by piece, packed up and shipped to Richmond, Virginia, where it stands today, a little piece of Tudor England in the heart of the USA.

Lifting Lighthouses


By their very nature, lighthouses need to be on the coast so that their warning light can be seen by the shipping it is trying to save. But with coastal erosion becoming more and more of a problem, what do you do when your lighthouse is getting just too close to the sea for comfort. Easy – you move it!

In England, the former Belle Tout lighthouse had sat at the top of the Beachy Head cliffs since the early 19th century. Initially well back from the edge, years of coastal erosion and gradual rockfalls had left it only a few feet from the edge of the cliffs and so the decision was made to move it. The entire building, including the attached house for lighthouse keepers, was eventually moved 17 metres back from the cliff edge.

Meanwhile, in America, the Cape Hatteras lighthouse in North Carolina was just 15ft from the encroaching shore when the decision was made to move it in 1999. There was great controversy at the time, with many predicting that the lighthouse would not survive the preparatory works for the move and lawsuits were filed trying to prevent the work from taking place. However, all the fears proved unfounded and the lighthouse was safely relocated approximately half a kilometer inshore. At 200ft tall, it remains the tallest masonry structure ever to be moved successfully.

Travelling for tigers

Several villages in northern India have relocated in their entirety, all for the sake of endangered tigers. Residents living within designated tiger reserves were asked to move out of the reserve in order to give the land back to the tigers. Each villager is compensated with land, cash and livestock and is relocated by the government. A number of entire villages have been relocated so far, with plans for several more. And the great news is that it looks like tiger numbers are on the rise already, so the villagers’