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UK: Pensioner Living In A Time Warp

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[h=1]A fridge from the 1960s, a wind-up gramophone and a WWII shelter in the garden: Pensioner has lived in the same house all his life - and barely changed a thing[/h]
  • John Collingwood still uses appliances his mother bought in 1930s, 40s and 50s
  • 79-year-old born in Nottinghamshire house in 1934
  • House still features air-raid shelter and Mr Collingwood still uses original gas cooker
By Ellie Buchdahl
PUBLISHED:08:03 EST, 10 September 2013| UPDATED:08:35 EST, 10 September 2013



If you thought your grandmother's collection of empty jam jars and half-eaten crisp packets made her England's champion hoarder, think again.

John Collingwood has lived in the house he was born in for almost 80 years - and has barely parted with a single of his mother’s kitchen appliances.

Even the 1960s fridge is still keeping food cool for the 79-year-old in his house in West Bridgeford, Nottinghamshire.

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Old timer: John Collingwood has barely changed a thing in his family home since his parents' deaths 50 years ago

The former textile worker was born at his beloved house in 1934 and has lived there ever since in a time warp of treasured family belongings

Mr Collingwood's parents bought the house in 1925 and he has barely changed a thing since they died 50 years ago.

Mr Collingwood said: 'If my parents walked into my kitchen today they would say that nothing has changed, it’s still exactly the same as when they lived here in the 60s.








Time honoured: Mr Collingwood's mother's gas cooker has served him well for about 65 years



No place like home: Mr Collingwood's parents bought the Bridgeford house in 1925






Keeping time: From the clock to the antique hoover, Mr Collingwood keeps his parents' house exactly as it was



'I still have my mother’s cooker, which is about 65 years old, I remember amazing meals coming out of it when I was younger.

'The fridge from 1965 is still going, I like that my house is getting old with me.

'I don’t want to change anything, I want to keep everything exactly as it is and how my parents and brother left it.
'The bathroom hasn’t changed at all, my toilet and bathtub are older than me.'

Mr Collingwood, who worked in a factory for more than 40 years, scoffs at the idea of updating his house with what most would see as necessary modern conveniences.




Old rosie: Mr Collingwood still makes himself a brew on the gas stove that his mother used




Family values: Antique experts have offered Mr Collingwood large sums of money for some of the items in his house, but he refuses to part with them



Spring clean? Mr Collingwood assumes that the bathroom and toilet in his house are far older than his 79 years - and sees no need to replace them


He said: 'I don’t have any electricals - I just don’t need them. I think it’s funny how people are always buying new things.

'I have a wind-up gramophone and a radio from 1950 in my brother’s room.


'I do have central heating now but I’m not very happy about it.'
[h=4][/h]The pensioner admitted that he has had central heating installed - 'but I'm not very happy about it', he added.

Mr Collingwood said he had been offered money for some of the items in his house, but he would not part with any of them.

Warm memories: Mr Collingwood has had central heating installed, but prefers his small gas stove






Neighbourhood news: Mr Collingwood has seen others come and go from the town, but says he will stay there for the rest of his life




New-fangled: Mr Collingwood prefers his wind-up gramophone and 1950s radio to modern media



Still running: Mr Collingwood still uses his mother's 1960s fridge - along with the user manual


He said: 'An antiques expert came to the house and said my furniture was really valuable and encouraged me to sell it.

'I couldn’t sell them, because if I sold my drawers or my wardrobe, where would I put the stuff I keep in them?
'They belong in this house storing my family’s belongings.'

Mr Collingwood even has an air-raid shelter in the back garden where he and his family hid during the bombings of the Second World War.

His mother turned it into a laundry room when the war was over, and he still uses it to this day.

Back in the day: Mr Collingwood with his family in the days when they lived together in the house





Brave boys: Mr Collingwood's brother served in the forces, but Mr Collingwood could not for medical reasons


Mr Collingwood added: 'I never served in the forces because I couldn’t pass the medical, my brother went away for three years but I’ve always lived here in this house.'

Over the years Mr Collingwood has seen his neighbours grow up around him - and some have moved on - but he would never leave the street he loves.

He said: 'When my parents bought the house it was the only one on the road, lots of people have come and gone since then.

'There are people on the street who are older than me but no one has lived here as long as I have.
'I would never move somewhere else, it has never even occurred to me, I will be here for the rest of my life.'





They'd have been proud: Mr Collingwood wants to keep the house his parents kept so carefully




Old banger: Mr Collingwood's father bought the house in 1925

Vintage: Mr Colingwood's family pictures show the house through the ages



Traditional tea: Mr Collingwood looks back on an idyllic family





Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...I-shelter-pensioner-garden.html#ixzz2eWMmjqNc
 

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Great story but I see he did break down and get a newer tv.....no disrespect just observation
 

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Great story but I see he did break down and get a newer tv.....no disrespect just observation
lol............probably his one weakness :beerglass:
 

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That's the same tv they had in the house back in 1925... /sarc

Hey, anybody inform the old fool that fridge consumes huge amounts of electricity compared to a modern one?

Just wondering. Sounds like he is a bit thick. Never got that newfangled thing called a woman either I see...
 

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What does he think will happen when he pops his clogs? All the antique stuff will be sold off, and the entire house re-modernized.
 

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The bathroom looks like it hasn't been cleaned since Chamberlain made a deal with Hitler.
 

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"Just wondering. Sounds like he is a bit thick. Never got that newfangled thing called a woman either I see"

No, not thick at all. No wife and no children. Lived his entire life in mom and dad's house? No mortgage, no rent. Won't spend money on unnecessary gadgets he does not need.

Very smart fellow, indeed. Probably has a ton of silver, gold, and investments.

Many young fellows should take a lesson from him.....
 

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"Just wondering. Sounds like he is a bit thick. Never got that newfangled thing called a woman either I see"

No, not thick at all. No wife and no children. Lived his entire life in mom and dad's house? No mortgage, no rent. Won't spend money on unnecessary gadgets he does not need.

Very smart fellow, indeed. Probably has a ton of silver, gold, and investments.

Many young fellows should take a lesson from him.....
I was thinking he probably experienced a bit of the depression and all of World War II (rationing, doing with out, etc) and may have just decided to live as frugally as possible................just in case.
 
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"Just wondering. Sounds like he is a bit thick. Never got that newfangled thing called a woman either I see"

No, not thick at all. No wife and no children. Lived his entire life in mom and dad's house? No mortgage, no rent. Won't spend money on unnecessary gadgets he does not need.

Very smart fellow, indeed. Probably has a ton of silver, gold, and investments.

Many young fellows should take a lesson from him.....
Yea, think I'll stick with that man - woman thing and be a bit poorer. Just me though, enjoy yourself if you rather.
 

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Yea, think I'll stick with that man - woman thing and be a bit poorer. Just me though, enjoy yourself if you rather.
I don't think too many women would be attracted to or want to live with a guy like him. Most of the women I know like living in the modern world. And then again..................he could have a screw or two loose. lol