There is something immensely dreamy about relics from the past. From vintage gramophones to antique furniture, these little nuggets of history take us back to a much simpler time where when things broke, they were fixed, not thrown away.
If you’re a big softy for all things historical, this one is a must-read for you! This farmhouse’s 1800s exterior is just run-of-the-mill. The insides, however, will blow you away to a bygone era. Are you the type who’d simply love to live in, or own a house like this? Or would you remodel it? Don’t forget to tell us what you think!
Located on Ryton-on-Dunsmore, Grange Farm looks like a typical 1800s farmhouse from afar.
But when you step inside, you’ll find that you just can’t judge a house by it’s cover.
When siblings Jack and Audrey Newton recently passed away, a surprising secret was discovered. Here they are in their younger days.
From the 1940s onwards, time stood still.
The Newton’s farmhouse is being preserved forever, like a living museum. It is now open to the public.
Since neither Jack nor Audrey ever married or had children, they lived together in this family farmhouse all their lives.
They tended their farm until the 80’s and maintained the house just as their parents had left it.
After their death, there was no one to inherit the estate and farmland. The home and its contents are up for auction.
Buyers are amazed at the many period pieces that were left behind.
The house is filled with little time capsules from the past.
From the everyday mundane objects to the supremely fascinating, the Newtons didn’t dispose of anything.
Although Jack and Audrey never left their childhood home, they did not lead boring lives.
Acclaimed singers also stayed in the home, including Michael Crawford, a Broadway star and English household name.
The house has seen its fair share of interesting guests, including actors of the Coventry Belgrade — a special theater company founded after World War II.
Because of its many colorful guests, the house is brimming with instruments and sheet music from the 1920s through the 1940s.
But the house is filled with more than just musical paraphernalia.
China sets from the 1930s, 1960s cocktail glasses, television sets from the 1950s, and World War II-era amputation kits can all be found within the home.
Discontinued board games and antiquated sports equipment have also been found by auctioneers.
It seems that, despite living on the property for almost 100 years, Jack and Audrey never updated the technology of the home.
The home is heated with fireplaces and coal-burning stoves.
Food was preserved without a refrigerator. Instead, the siblings relied on all-natural methods for keeping food fresh.
But it’s not just the public spaces that are stuck in the past.
Venture upstairs and you’ll see the private living quarters are antiquated, too.
As auctioneer Stuart Long said of the house to the Daily Mail, “I’ve been doing this for nearly 40 years and it’s the most interesting one I have ever seen.”
According to a neighbor and family friend, Jack and Audrey were a very private pair, and they held onto everything long before recycling was commonplace.
Their home is like a sliver of time cut from a bygone era.
Grange Farm perfectly captures the look and feel of WWII-era England.
During the war, Jack served in the Royal Air Force. As a friend and neighbor told Daily Mail, “Jack was in the RAF during the war and he was a master of all trades, he did a lot.”
After the war, Jack returned to the family farm, where he and Audrey raised pigs and cattle.
As the two grew older, they eventually sold off the livestock — but they continued to farm the land.
Now that both siblings have passed on, reporters, collectors, and locals are enjoying the many treasures of this old home.
Though some of the objects have been rearranged (for the sake of the auction), the home remains as Jack and Audrey left it.
Considering the siblings only used two of the upstairs bedrooms, much of the house was already spick and span.
And now that the house has become a viral sensation, comments are flooding in from all over the world. As one viewer wrote, “Properly built in the ‘make do and mend’ era. Everything was valued unlike in todays society. Such a shame we never learn.”
Another commented, “This house should be turn to the local historic society and turned as a local museum.” But some find the home unsettling: “It’s a creepy, sinister looking house and they were obviously unbalanced recluses.”
What do you think of this 115-acre farm and its well-preserved home? Would you live here?
After watching the video below, be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments!
The house has had its fair share of visitors, including actors of Coventry Belgrade – a special theatre company that was founded post-World War II. Great singers have stayed in the home, one of them being Michael Crawford, a Broadway star and English household name. Thanks to its many acclaimed guests, the house is filled with paraphernalia from the 1920s – 1940s.
Today, the house has become a viral sensation. One viewer wrote, “Property built in the ‘make do and mend’ era. Everything was valued unlike in today’s society. Such a shame we never learn.”
Another viewer said, “This house should be turn to the local historic society and turned as a local museum.” However, not all of them have good things to say! One of them wrote, “It’s a creepy, sinister looking house and they were obviously unbalanced recluses.”
We’d like to know what you think. Would you ever want to own this house or perhaps live here?
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