Pictures of the week: Amazing 1940s time-warp house


Welcome to the 1940s time-warp house

This week, SWNS photographer Tom Flathers was lucky enough to have the opportunity to shoot a  time-warp 1940s house where time has stood still for 75 years.
The house is now up for sale – complete with its entire contents including a treasure trove of antiques.
NTI_1940_HOUSE_82Grange Farm was home to siblings Jack and Audrey Newton who lived together at the large detached property all their lives.  The pair – who were both unmarried and had no children – farmed the land around the nine-bedroom house in Ryton-on-Dunsmore, Warwickshire, for over 70 years into their 80s.
Audrey was in her late 80s when she passed away in 2011 and after Jack’s death aged 90 in March this year there were no direct relatives alive to inherit their estate.  The entire contents of the deserted Queen Anne style farmhouse are now being auctioned off, including a treasure trove of antiques.
NTI_1940_HOUSE_25Incredibly, the interior of the property has remained untouched since the siblings moved in with their parents during the 1940s.  Items found inside the fascinating house include a war time amputation kit, an old-style television as well as musical sheets and instruments from the 1920s.
You can see some of the newspaper and magazine articles below that were printed after SWNS newsdesk sent the news story and photographs out on our national newswire:

The empty farmhouse will then be placed on the market later this year, with an estimated price of £600,000.

Pat Ruck, who has been helping the executors of the Newtons’ will organise the auction, said: ‘The house contents have not been touched since their late parents’ time.

‘It’s a timewarp of interesting items, curiosities, and even war memorabilia. Although they never married, they had an interesting life. It is really the end of a bygone era.’

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