An abandoned family home that has remained untouched since the 1940s has gone up for sale and with it goes all its post-war contents. Queen Anne–style home, which is in Grange Farm, in Ryton-on-Dunsmore, England, once belonged to siblings Jack and Audrey Newton.
The siblings, who are now deceased, lived in the abandoned house together for more than seventy years and farmed the surrounding land until their late 80s. Since neither of them was married and didn’t have children nor have any living relatives to inherit their estate, the abandoned home was decided to be auctioned.
Let’s take a quick tour inside this old home and see what’s been sitting there for nearly eighty years.
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From the outside, Grange Farm looks like your typical 1800s farmhouse.
It was run by siblings Jack and Audrey Newton until their death.
Time seemed to have stopped within the old farmhouse that once you step in, you feel like traveling back in time.
A bedroom in the house with its old beds and arrangements.
Here are some of the items displayed inside.
It is more like a museum than a house, with countless treasures left just as where they were last seen, as if its owner just went out for a walk.
All of these items found inside like this two man- and owl-shaped ornamental jugs were included in the auction.
Hand-held mirrors and a beauty kit found lying on the dresser like they would have been decades ago.
This equipment—antique binoculars sitting on the shelf—is waiting for its new owner too.
There were also teddy bears, dolls, and a stuffed fox inside the house.
Audrey was “very musical,” as proven by the recovered sheet music and instruments. Pat Ruck, who helped organize the auction, claims that the siblings welcomed the likes of Michael Crawford into their home during a short visit.
“Although they never married, they had interesting lives,” Pat said.
These jewelry items were foraged from inside the house.
In the kitchen was an old-fashioned stove and a set of pans that were built to last.
Here’s another dig from the Grange Farm house, an amputation kit used during World War II. This one too goes under the hammer with the sale of the house.
“The house contents have not been touched since their late parents’ time. It’s a time warp of interesting items, curiosities, and even war memorabilia,’’ Ruck said in an interview.
That being said, the house would indeed be like this century’s version of a time machine.