Mr Straw's House

Mr Straw's House anmeldelser, Worksop

Mr Straw's House
4.5

4.5
296 anmeldelser
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210
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Gill Vallance
Leicestershire232 bidrag
Wonderful visit to a fascinating property.
sep. 2021 • Par
We had a brilliant time at Mr Straws House. Lovely staff and volunteers. Covid precautions are well organised with staggered entry times and a one way route around the house and garden. After a short introduction we were free to wander around ourselves! We felt very safe. After an interesting short introduction outside went inside. There was a guide in the house to answer questions who gave some fascinating snippets of information. Thank you Peter and Jill!
The house is a divine time capsule and feels like the family could just walk in at any moment, catching you nosing around their home.
There is a small shop area in reception and toilets are available. Very convenient parking is opposite the house.
Skrevet 16. september 2021
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Ian Sawyer
110 bidrag
An excellent 'house'
feb. 2020 • Par
Well really two houses, as the straws actually bought two semi detached properties adjoining each other.

You will be met by very informative and well trained guides in the morning or you can do your own self guided tour in the afternoon, guides are still on hand to answer your questions.

Visit here is a must as many pieces will be familiar and it gives a real flavour of local life.
Skrevet 22. februar 2020
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Thank you very much - we're glad that you've enjoyed Mr Straw's House! We hope to see you again soon.
Skrevet 4. mars 2020
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Andrew L
2 bidrag
Preservation Tour
des. 2019
Attended the preservation tour at Mr Straw's on a wet December day, when the house is closed to standard visits for the winter. Much work happens in the closed season to clean and preserve the house and contents. The curator took two of use around the house and told us not only about the preservation work, but the history of the family, the house and artefacts, plus into behind the scenes areas. This tour was "without ropes" so we got up close to everything, took photos and asked as many questions as we wished. I learned so much. At £10 per person, above standard membership of the National Trust, the tour was exceptional value, taking over 2 hours and made us feel like VIPs travelling back in time. Congratulations to the staff and volunteers at the house who do such a fantastic job in preserving this important time-capsule. Well worth attending this and I recommended this tour to anyone with an interest in social history and conservation.
Skrevet 20. desember 2019
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So pleased to hear that you enjoyed attending the tour as much as we enjoyed delivering it! This is a new venture for us, so we are pleased to get any feedback. We look forward to welcoming you back in our open season, from 3rd March 2020.
Skrevet 6. januar 2020
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Ed P
London, UK55 bidrag
Very revealing
okt. 2019
A guided tour of this NT property, at number 7, is very revealing. One guide gives a clear introduction and there are guides on the ground floor and the first; they offer plenty of information on the dining room, parlour, kitchen and bathroom. The top floor is only for self-guiding.

Most of the rooms are small and there’s a good deal of clutter in some of them – but then the Straws didn’t anticipate so many visitors. Their collections run to some 30,000 items. The south-facing first-floor bedroom is more spacious and much brighter.

For self-guiding, there are various photos with captions around the house, for instance showing the Straws’ parents, and also William Straw Jr among students at King’s College London in 1920. On a ‘Listening Post’ you can hear three people’s memories of working at Walter Straw’s shop; one of them talks about the ‘resident’ cat very charmingly.

There’s also extensive material on both World Wars, including a newspaper reporting Chamberlain’s speech on 3 September 1939.

The greenhouse outside is especially interesting for its collection of cacti. Walter Straw built it up and was a real expert on the plants. A huge cactus is in one of the rooms too.
Skrevet 28. oktober 2019
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dirtmother
Matlock, UK129 bidrag
An important element in the National Trust portfolio
okt. 2019
I've wanted to visit Mr Straw's House for a long time, but for various reasons the need for phoning in advance to book meant we've never done it. We had been at Creswell Crags and decided to travel back via Worksop to see if there were any tour spaces. We were in luck! We had a short while to wait... in theory. The weather was fine and the orchard car park would have been a pleasant spot, there was a tea room, a shop, a comfortable seat... and the back gardens to explore. Very pleasant welcoming staff.

There was a lot I liked about the gardens, but I think there's scope for the National Trust to do more here - from the description of the Straw's time, it is begging for an auricula theatre for example.

I appreciated the brief introduction (later tours in the day are self guided, which tends to suit us but I can imagine that guided visits might be worthwhile) There are only 4 places on a tour and you'll need to hand over your backpack for the duration but these are absolutely appropriate measures for this very particular conservation situation (make sure to keep hold of your reading specs!)

For us, it was quite an eerie experience as this is a house not very different to our own (and it reminded my son of us being repeatedly 'invaded' by visitors by mistake when we stayed in a National Trust holiday cottage) A similar approach is being taken to that at Calke, so it is preservation rather than restoration, damp damaged wallpapers and all.

Although it is a 'domestic' sized house, a great deal of interest is packed into it, and the adjoining house is given over to exhibitions and space for work on collections.

Not to be underestimated!
Skrevet 20. oktober 2019
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We're pleased that you enjoyed your visit - and we are planning to re-instate the auricula theatre in 2020!
Skrevet 6. januar 2020
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Trevor H
Birmingham, UK236 bidrag
A Really Interesting Tour - exceeded our expectations thanks to the volunteers
okt. 2019
My wife and I were visiting friends in Sheffield and they had booked this for 11.30am Sat morning. Our expectations weren't very high as it was "just a house". How wrong we were - After a nice cuppa waiting for our tour we were treat to a very interesting tour of each floor by a different volunteer. So many interesting stories and facts and objects. The Gent on the ground floor sold us on buying raffle tickets we had no intention of buying due to explaining what they would do to the house with the money raised - excellent. Highly recommend this place and the toilet was absolutely spotlessly clean.
Skrevet 13. oktober 2019
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Tiggy W
Worthing, UK398 bidrag
A step back in time
sep. 2019 • Venner
The family we came to visit booked us on a tour which was great fun. So interesting and loved stepping back in time. Being in my early sixties I can remember so many of the old pieces in the rooms. It is so good that the house was never touched as the Straws lived in it. Just brilliant, it must be Worksop’s high spot. Loved the kitchen and the hard and macs hanging up. The guides there are so knowledgable thank you.
Skrevet 6. oktober 2019
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Carol B
Birmingham, UK5 062 bidrag
MR STRAWS HOUSE - A HOUSE FROZEN IN TIME
sep. 2019
Saturday 14th September 2019, was a beautiful warm sunny day, which continued that way all day. My husband and I drove up to Mr Straw’s House at Worksop in Nottinghamshire to meet our friend Janet. We had decided to meet here to look round this lovely quirky Edwardian Town House.

This lovely Edwardian semi-detached house was built around 1905 and located in Blyth Grove in Worksop, and was the residence of the Straw family but now is under the care of the National Trust.

William Straw moved to the town in 1886 with his brother Benjamin and the two siblings they established a successful grocers shop at 130 Bridge Street. The business, marketed as a tea dealer and seeds man as well as grocers, did well for itself.

The 15th September 1896, at Worksop Priory Church, William married Florence Ann Winks, daughter of the prosperous butcher and later councillor David Wall Winks, who owned the butchers across the street from the The Straw's Grocery Shop. Having bought out his brother Benjamin in 1889, William was solely responsible for the business, living above the shop with Florence and their three sons, William (Jr) (1898), Walter (1899) and David (1901), who died at around eighteen months old in 1903.

It wasn't until 1923 that the family moved out to their new house on Blyth Grove and Florence quickly got to work on the decoration of her new home, choosing the latest wallpapers and carpets to create a fashionable and modern place for entertaining and relaxing. After living at the shop for so long the move to a separate family home was the chance to show off the success of the business.

After the death of her husband in 1932 Florence made few alterations to the house, as a Victorian woman in mourning this would have been expected of her and her contemporaries would have found nothing strange about her choice to keep his pipes by the fire and his collar box in the bedroom. When she died in 1939 William and Walter lived in the house together, and their frugal way of living and make do and mend attitude resulted in the house largely avoiding modernisation.

William Jr had spent much of the 1920s and 1930s in London, initially studying English Literature at Kings College London before going on to teach at City of London College. Moving home in 1939 he took over the running of the house, while his brother ran the family business until his retirement in 1962. Neither brother married but they both had a variety of hobbies and interests, including archaeology and walking, and were involved in various local societies and their chosen place of worship, St John's.

After Walter's death in 1976 William was alone until he died in 1990, the last few years of his life seeing him frequently in and out of hospital. When he died William generously left his collection of around 30,000 everyday objects to the National Trust, along with his money. The family home on Blyth Grove, and the other half of the semidetached property (which William had bought around 1940 and rented out) were left to the last set of tenants. Luckily the tenants sold to the National Trust, enabling the collection to stay in the house just as the Straw's lived with it, providing a fascinating glimpse into a forgotten time.

We spent a wonderful time here, we took the self-guided tour round the house, and the guide was very informative and brought to life the history of the house. We then took ourselves around the gardens and orchard and we took lots of photographs of this amazing Victorian building. We left here at 3.30 pm.

This is an amazing quirky house frozen in time. For my husband and I it brought back many childhood memories as we both grew up in Victorian and Edwardian houses, which have a very special memories for us, especially going outside to the toilet.

This house is well worth a visit if you are in the area.
Skrevet 15. september 2019
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Dobsons21_13
Sheffield, UK323 bidrag
Somewhere a little different
sep. 2019 • Par
We have often come across this house when searching for a National Trust property to visit but thought that it wouldn't be worth the journey as it's only a semi detached house. A friend then told us that she enjoyed Mr. Straw's House more than most other National Trust properties, so we paid it a visit. We were well over an hour looking round as the guides have plenty to tell and there is also a room with lots of information to read. The house was decorated and furnished in the 1920s but very little has been done since, even though it was inhabited until the 1980s and there are items in rooms that haven't been touched for over 80 years. The guides are enthusiastic and my only criticism is that you are not allowed to walk freely round the rooms as you are asked to stand on protective mats to avoid damaging original carpets and bags are not allowed in the house, even small handbags.
Skrevet 3. september 2019
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Jake Herring
Worksop, UK8 bidrag
Decent little step back in time.
okt. 2018 • Venner
Living in Worksop myself, Mr Straws house gives a real insight into the towns histories and the importance of the dukes to the historical Worksop. Although it is not as special as say Tyntesfield or the more local Newstead Abbey, and it is smaller, it is very interesting with friendly tour people. Parking is perfectly adequate, the area is nice enough and if your looking for something to do in Worksop, Mr straws house is probably one of the top options and I would recommend it.
Skrevet 22. august 2019
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