Another time-capsule house! I just can’t get enough of these things.
Number 7 Blyth Grove in Worksop, England was home to grocer Mr. William Straw and his family.
When Mr. Straw died unexpectedly at the age of 68 in 1932, his widow and 2 sons resolved to leave the house exactly as it was on the day he passed.
That they did.
Mrs. Straw died in 1939 but her two sons resided in the home until 1985, not changing a thing from the way their parents had kept it.
According to an excellent article in the UK Daily News, the Straw sons were so dedicated to the preservation of the family home that they did not allow a television, radio or telephone into the home. It was their way of honoring their hardworking, old-fashioned parents.
When the last surviving Straw brother died in 1990, he bequeathed the house to the British National Trust.
Now run as an old house museum, Mr. Straw’s House – as it is known – is decorated in 1923 fashion that exemplifies the time period between the 1st and 2nd World Wars.
The home was built in 1905 but the Straws did not acquire it until 1923. A traditional, pillar-of-society type of family, The Straws cherished both their family heirlooms and the everyday items of their time (they were a family of grocers, after all).
Below we see a photo of the grocer Mr. Straw and his wife Florence:
My Canadian and Commonwealth friends will appreciate the stamps on the letters below:
In the antique bathroom notice the bar of Pears Soap, the world’s oldest continuously existing brand:
Plug still in the drain. Pumice stone still intact. Simply amazing.
Right down to the last Straw, preservation was the way to go for this house.