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Mr Straw's House

Ordinary house, extraordinary home
Discover how a grocer's family lived in a Midlands market town through their furnishings and household objects. This modest semi-detached house has remained virtually unchanged since the Straws moved here in 1923. Over the decades they threw little away and chose to live without many of the modern comforts we take for granted today, leaving behind a fascinating time capsule for you to explore.

Don't miss
Our friendly room guides will give you a glimpse into the lives of the Straw family. Take in our changing exhibitions of objects not normally on display, then head outside to visit the beautiful gardens and greenhouse showcasing Walter Straw's cacti collection.

Eat, drink and shop
Enjoy a brew while reading the local newspaper as the Straw brothers would have done or bring a picnic to enjoy in theorchard or garden. You can buy gifts including plants, books on local life and a range of National Trust goods to remind you of your visit.

Make the most of your day
The Friends of Mr Straw’s House sell tea and cakes in the orchard on the first Saturday of the month (April to September). Check our website for other events and activities throughout the year.

More information about your visit
Due to the cosy and delicate nature of the house you are guided around Number 7 in small groups and bags must be left securely in Number 5 on arrival. Please note that visits involve several flights of stairs and the house does not have modern heating so you might want to wrap up warm.

Mr Straw's House
Guided Tour


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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