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Mr Straw's House
An ordinary house - extraordinary home.  This modest semi-detached Edwardian house was the family home of well-to-do grocers William and Florence Straw from 1923. It is remarkable because the Straws’ two sons preserved it almost unaltered till it came to the National Trust in 1990.

The interior with its 1920s wallpaper, heavy Victorian furniture and household objects provides a rare glimpse into interwar lower middle-class life. There are displays of family costume, letters and photos and a typical suburban garden. Our room guides tell the stories of the family and the times they lived in.    Also, a different temporary exhibition each year - 2010 "Dressing the Straw Family".


Don't miss
  • Introductory video introduces the Straw family.
  • Explore three floors of Edwardian house with informative guides.
  • See annual exhibition of items not usually on display
Making the most of your day

Tea and cakes, usually on first Saturday in month in orchard car park (provided by Friends group). 'Mr Straw's Revealed'. Look out for the tour
Mr Straw's House
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A 1920s house captured in time.

Step back in time to the 1920s and find out how a grocer's family lived in this market town. This ordinary semi-detached house, with original interior decorations from 1923, was the home of the Straw family.

For 60 years the family threw little away and chose to live without many of the modern comforts we take for granted.

Photographs, letters, Victorian furniture and household objects spanning 100 years can still be seen exactly where their owners left them.



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