Top 10 things to see at Mr Straw's House
Our volunteers hand picked these objects that they think you shouldn't miss out on inside Mr Straw's House. Whether you want to learn a little more about the key stories or you want to keep your eyes pealed when you're visiting don't miss out on our key pieces.
1. Worksop Guardian
On the table in the dining room sits a copy of the Worksop Guardian. The Straw family had the paper delivered to their house daily, to keep up with what was happening around Worksop. They even had it delivered to them on their holiday to Scarborough - peek at the top right hand corner of the newspaper and you'll see a hand written address...
2. Florence's sampler
Hanging on the wall of Florence's parlour is a sampler she worked on as a child whilst at boarding school. Make sure you take a peek at its intricate detail.
3. Servants' bells
Above the door in the kitchen sit a row of servants' bells. When the house was originally built in the early 20th century, in line with the times, it would have been expected for the family to have had a staff of servants. The Straws', who moved into No. 7 Blyth Grove in 1923, never had any live in servants.
4. William's hairbrush
On top of the chest of drawers in the bathroom is a very worn hairbrush, obviously used for many years. As the Straws' were quite rich, it gives you an idea of their attitude towards their possessions, that they insisted 'If it ain't broke...'
5. Florence's watercolour
Florence enjoyed making things, and was skilled at many arts and crafts. Inside the guest bedroom, have a look at her watercolour hanging in an oblong frame with an oval mount. It's a wonderful example of her talents.
6. William's book
The Straw family regularly attended services at the local St John's Church. For its centenary, William wrote a book entitled 'St John's Church.' You can see stacks of the published books in the parent's bedroom on top of their wardrobe - perhaps they didn't sell very well?!
7. Walter's tea chests
After the death of his father, William Snr, Walter Straw took over the running of the grocer's shop until he retired in 1962. In his bedroom, you can see two tea chests, which were used to store tea in the shop. The W. Straw grocer's was well known for its many varieties of excellent blends of loose tea. Why do you think he kept them in his bedrooom?
8. Baby Daisy vacuum
The Baby Daisy was a vacuum cleaner dating from the late 1800s. It took two people to operate, which could explain why Florence decided to upgrade to a newer version later in her life, relegating the Baby Daisy to the lumber room on the top floor of the house. Don't miss this 'labour-saving' appliance!
9. Children's chairs
In William's bedroom, in front of the fireplace, there are two small wooden chairs. Before he died, William took the time to label the rocking chair on the left as being made as a childhood present for his mother, Florence, by a Worksop chair maker. The chair on the right simply has 'W.S' burnt into its wood, meaning we're none the wiser which of the many W. Straw's this chair belonged to. What do you think?
10. Gladstone bag
In our glory hole, you'll see amongst the many objects piled high, a Gladstone bag emblazoned with the initials 'W.S.' This was a wedding gift to William Snr from his new wife Florence, on their wedding day in 1896. What else can you spot in this treasure trove?