The Grocer’s House: frozen in time since 1932

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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Below we see a photo of the grocer Mr. Straw and his wife Florence:

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My Canadian and Commonwealth friends will appreciate the stamps on the letters below:

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In the antique bathroom notice the bar of Pears Soap, the world’s oldest continuously existing brand:

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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.

 

Sources:

Daily Mail – The House Time Forgot

National Trust – Mr. Straw’s House

 

 

 

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