Mr Straw’s House is a mid-twentieth century time capsule with an eclectic mix of treasures for visitors. An unassuming semi-detached brick house in the Nottinghamshire town of Worksop, it was bought and modishly decorated in the 1920s by a successful grocer and his wife, William and Florence Straw. Their two sons never married, and lived together companionably in the house for more than three decades after their parents died, never changing anything unless absolutely necessary.
The brothers also resisted modern technology – Mr Straw’s House has never been connected to a telephone, radio or television. The unchanging nature of the house and its contents mean they have now come to assume an unparalleled importance, offering a precious snapshot of Midlands domestic life before the technological revolution.
A new guidebook explores the story of the Straw family and the wider social history of a successful commercial family in mid-twentieth century Worksop. Using fresh contemporary photography and historic sources from the Straw family’s collection, this is a souvenir of both the house and its fascinating inhabitants.
About the author: Andrew Barber is a historic buildings consultant and former East Midlands curator for the National Trust. He has written guidebooks for Packwood House, Gunby Hall, Canon’s Ashby and Calke Abbey.
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