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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.
Happy New Year
With the start of the new year, we're busy getting ready to reopen on Tuesday 3 March - and although it looks very pretty, we're hoping not to see any more snow before then! The whole team at Mr Straw's House is looking forward to welcoming visitors new and returning during 2015 - don't forget to book in advance to avoid disappointment.
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.