Narrowboat Tacet

Silent Movement - Our gap year travelling the inland waterways

Thursday, 2 June 2011


On Tuesday we took the train back from Retford to Worksop to visit Mr Straw's House a National Trust property in Blyth Grove. We enjoyed looking around and seeing how little the house had changed since the 1930's. The house was bought by Mr W. Straw in 1920 and decorated throughout in the modern style. His two sons William and Walter continued to live there until they died, William lastly in 1990. 
The Straw Family lived in number 7, on the right, they owned number 5 too and rented that out so they could make sure of their neighbours, definitely no families with children! They also bought the land on the opposite side of the road so that it would not be built on and used the space for an orchard and vegetable garden. They lived very simple, ordered lives, although not reclusive, and after their parents died the two brothers changed very little, so leaving this lovely legacy to the National Trust for our enjoyment today.
An old fashioned style sweet shop that we came across and of course we had to sample their wares.
An arty shot of the station footbridge
Train spotters

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