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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  • August 17, 2017
    Guided tour by National Trust, well informed staff. Park in the orchard opposite the house where there is a small picnic area. Very small coffee shop and gift shop at reception where you will meet you...  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    Book by appointment and you will have a truely fascinating two or three hours looking at this time capsule. The beauty of this place is the quality of the period contents and still has the signs of th...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    This NT property needs to be booked in advance but we had no problem getting the day we wanted even though it was late in the day slots. Think this is a real gem of a building and found it amazing tha...  more »
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  • Love this place! Very small but very interesting and lots of history.
  • Very nice house. Had to keep telling myself this was how it was left and not set up like a museum.
  • A nice step back in time.
  • Amazing place that has not been touched since the owners died
  • Excellent but some of the people showing tou around are more protective than others

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