Mr Straw’s House in Worksop is a place that has intrigued me for some time. It is a National Trust property but rather than the usual stately home it is a semi detached house in Worksop!
It is rather a special house however, frozen in time, with its own unique story.
The contents of the house were left to the National Trust when the owner died along with around £1 million which the Trust used to buy the actual house and the house next door, both left to the sitting tenant .
The story of the house is fascinating and interesting and I won’t spoil it here. What I think really makes a visit here so special are the tour guides.
You must book yourself into a tour before arrival and you go to the house next door, where you are introduced through photographs to the Straw family. The tour guide here had known the two sons of the family through church smd this personal connection brings the story to life.
We were then taken to the house next door where another tour guide told us more about the house and the people who lived there and their way of life preserved so well. Each floor of the house (there are three) had at least one different guide on it to further illustrate the family and answer questions. It is all really fascinating!
You then walk back through to the house next door bus the attic to walk through a museum with more information on the time period the house covers. This brings you back to the start of the tour and access to the gardens where afternoon tea can be served.
One of the brothers was a keen gardener and kept cacti – you can buy your own from the greenhouse at the bottom of the garden.
We visited on 3rd May 2016 and in support of the opposition to SATS tests this year I kept the boys at home to educate them to support of the campaign http://letthekidsbekids.wordpress.com/
I think they definitely learnt more about life of how people lived in the past, on this visit then they ever could in the classroom. And it was fun!
Have you visited Mt Straw’s House? It is definitely worth it!