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Ordinary house, extraordinary home

Step back in time to the 1920s and discover how a grocer's family lived in a Midlands market town through their furnishings and household objects.

The modest semi-detached house at number 7, Blyth Grove has remained virtually unchanged since the Straws moved here in 1923. For over 60 years they threw little away and chose to live without many of the modern comforts we take for granted today.

Treasured possessions and ordinary domestic items can still be seen exactly where their owners left them in number 7, while number 5 provides space for displaying objects normally hidden inside drawers and cupboards.

Outside, the lovingly tended garden and orchard includes a greenhouse housing Walter Straw's cacti collection and various fruit trees once used by the family to make preserves and other recipes.

Book Your Visit

A 1930s "pyramid" telephone © John Millar

A 1930s "pyramid" telephone

Mr Straw's House is small and little changed since the 1920s. To keep it that way, admission is by timed ticket.

To avoid disappointment, we recommend booking your visit in advance.

Please telephone our booking line on 01909 482380.

Before you visit...

  • Admission to Mr Straw's House is by timed ticket, we recommend booking in advance on 01909 482380.
  • Our email address is for enquiries, not bookings, as we can't always access it promptly.
  • Please be aware that there are several steep flights of stairs to climb. Do let us know if advance if you think you'll need some extra time to tour the house.
  • To prevent damage, no bags can be taken into Mr Straw's House. Secure storage is available in reception.
  • Drinks and snacks are on sale, and there are picnic tables in the garden if you want to bring lunch with you.

Discover our collection

We have thousands of objects from Mr Straw's House in our vast collection. Visit the National Trust Collections website to discover more about them, or browse the highlights chosen by our volunteers.

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