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This Farmhouse Was Untouched For 70 Years, And It's Basically A Time Machine To The 1940s

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When I decided to buy my first piece of property, I chose a home in an older neighborhood that needed to be spruced up.

Don't get me wrong, the house was in great condition when I purchased it, but several appliances and other miscellaneous items needed to be updated. While I love the look of modernized furnishings in a home, not everyone feels the same way.

The late owners of a farmhouse in Ryton-on-Dunsmore, England were against refurnishing their property and kept the home in the same condition it was in since they the moved there with their parents in the 1940s.

Audrey Newton and her brother Jack lived in their humble abode for more than 70 years before they passed away in 2011 and 2015, respectively. Since they were both unwed and didn't have any children, the farmhouse has been put on the auction block along with all of its post-World War II possessions.

The siblings kept several items owned by their parents, which have dated back all the way from the Victorian era.

The house contains more than 500 objects that have been left untouched, such as old fashioned toys.

And a stuffed fox.

But, what is more remarkable is the interior of the house, that'll make you believe you just stepped out from a time machine.

When the farmhouse goes on sale, the potential new owner will have to shell out an estimated  £600,000 ($842,980 USD) for its entirety.

"The house contents have not been touched since their late parents' time," Pat Ruck, the organizer of the auction, said.

"It's a time warp 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," he added.

But, what exactly will the lucky buyer be getting? For starters, a whole lot of history.

The quaint kitchen features antique dishware, durable pots and pans, and an old fashioned stove, that yes, still works.

The hallway is slightly cluttered and decorated with aging yellow furniture and a fading floral wallpaper.

Instead of installing a refrigerator, the siblings chose to use other methods to keep their food fresh.

The dining room appears to be the most embellished of all of the house's rooms, and fit for a elegant dinner party. It also features a banjo, drum set, and piano for after hours jam sessions.

The house contains a whopping nine bedrooms, which is perfect for a large family. It's filled with matching dressers, a patterned quilt, and several dolls.

But, if you think these rooms are incredible, wait until you see all of its knickknacks.

When Jack and Audrey passed away, they were mourned for more than just their ability to live with 80-year-old items, but their personalities too.

"It is an old person's house but they never threw anything away," Shane Morris, the late siblings's neighbor, said. "Jack was in the RAF during the war and he was a master of all trades, he did a lot. They had cattle and pigs and as they got older they sold the animals off but still farmed the land."

Morris moved in with Jack and Audrey towards the end of their lives to help care for the aging siblings.  

"They were very private people but they were very nice and caring to their friends and they stuck by you," he continued. "They were like parents to me and my wife and we might bid on a few of the items to keep as mementos."

Auctioneer Stuart Long said it won't be hard to sell their possessions, due to their antique nature.

"There is an interesting musical collection and a lot of the things in the sale were found in the attic and had been put away 30 years ago. There will be a lot of curiosity and interest in the auction," Long said.

"I've been doing this for nearly 40 years and it's the most interesting one I have ever seen," he added.

He's not wrong, as the farmhouse is stuffed with relics.  

The cupboard is stacked to the brim with old storage tins, baking equipment, and two sets of dinnerware that have seen plenty of use throughout the years.

Audrey's bedroom contained a dresser that was perfect for pampering herself. It had a matching brush and handheld mirror, along with decorate vases, cotton balls, and a beauty kit.

Instead of buying new clothes, the family preferred to rely on their trusty sewing machine to get their money's worth on their wardrobe.

The siblings had a gorgeous collection of silk handkerchiefs, adorned in classy colors and patterns.

Jack and Audrey and Jack also kept their childhood toys, including two well beloved teddy bears. While they appear ragged, they certainly stood the test of time.

They also had a collection of threadbare dolls - ones we would never see on toy store shelves today.

What do you think of the farmhouse? Would you like to live there?

[H/T: Daily Mail, Daily Mirror]

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