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National Trust - Mr Straw's House, Worksop

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Mr Straw's House is a National Trust property in Worksop, Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom. The Edwardian semi-detached house and its contents have remained largely unchanged since the 1920s. It opened to the public in 1993.HistoryThe Edwardian semi-detached house, built in 1905 and located on Blyth Grove in Worksop, was the residence of the Straw family. William Straw ran a lucrative grocery and seed company. He had two children, Walter and William Jr., with wife Florence, the daughter of a well-off butcher. They moved from the flat above the shop into the house in 1923, naming it "Endcliffe Villa". Florence quickly got to work on the decoration of her new house. The period features include patterned carpets, thick curtains, and dark, heavy wallpapers that were popular at the time. Oil paintings housed in gilt-frames adorn the walls, though none of the items found in the house are classed as being valuable or particularly rare.William died suddenly in 1932 while gardening. The family, grieving the loss, decided to preserve the house and avoided all forms of modernisation. William's tobacco pouch and pipe, hanging beside the fireplace, was untouched, and the 1932 calendar was left on the wall. William Jr., who had moved to London to become an English teacher around 1918, returned to the house in 1938, the year before his mother's death. He and brother Walter continued to run the house without making any changes, resisting modern conveniences. Walter died in 1976, and William Jr. lived in the house until 1985, when he was hospitalised after a fall. Without any heirs to whom he could pass on the property, he decided to bequeath it, and the bulk of his fortune, to the National Trust. He died in 1990.
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  • We went for one of the limited 'packing up' trips at the end of the season. In small groups we were shown around not just the house but the work which is done 'behind the scenes' in closed season. The...  more »
  • interesting visit led by a guide but we seemed to be at a shift changeover so there was some confusion over who was doing what and whether we would guide ourselves. Nevertheless, it was still a very g...  more »
  • Have been wanting to visit Mr Straw's house for some time and so three of us went together. The house is run and maintained by the National Trust. The house remains as the last owner left it! It is fu...  more »
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  • Lovely property, has an emotional story behind it. Only four people on tour at any one time so very intimate with plenty of time to get to admire how the Shaw's lived and collected.
  • Very enjoyable. Stepped back in time and was reminded of my grannies house & furnishings. Friendly and knowledgeable staff.
  • Well worth a visit. If you have a Victorian home and are looking for inspiration as to how it should have looked you could do worse than visit this place.
  • what a fantastic place - I loved walking around the house which was so beautifully preserved....Just like being in a time warp. Made me very proud to be British I cannot rate it enough - do go and visit Thank you National Trust for making it possible
  • Never bin but a love to go