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Woman Has Lived In Same House For 104 Years

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Woman Has Lived In Same House For 104 Years

A woman has spent an incredible 104 years living in the same house, a home she ended up buying for £250.

When Elsie Allcock was born in 1918, George V was king, Britain ruled the largest empire in history and the First World War was still a few months away from ending.

Since then more than a century of history has passed including another World War, mankind landing on the moon, the rise and fall of the Soviet Union, the invention of the internet and so much more.

Through it all, Elsie has stayed living in that same home she was born in 104 years ago, a terraced house on Barker Street in Huthwaite.

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According to The Sun, Elsie's family first started living in the house in 1902, where her father began renting it for the rate of seven shillings and sixpence, or about £30 in today's money.

Elsie Allcock was born in the house in 1918. Credit: Ben Lack
Elsie Allcock was born in the house in 1918. Credit: Ben Lack

The youngest of five children, Elsie was born in the two bedroom terraced house on 28 June 1918 and went on to live there with husband Bill, who she married in 1941 during the Second World War.

She had been living in the house with her dad, staying there to look after him after her mum died of pneumonia when she was 14.

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She told the Sun: "When me and Bill married, we just stopped here and never left. My dad died in 1949 and we finally bought the house in the 1960s."

It cost Elsie £250 to buy the house in the 60s, a sum which these days would be worth a few thousand pounds while the house itself is currently valued at around £75,000.

She explained: "We didn’t have £250, so I went to the council and asked for a loan. They agreed and the house was ours.

"We kept the outside loo - it still works. Very little has changed. I wouldn’t have been happy anywhere else."

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Elsie bought the house for £250. Credit: Ben Lack
Elsie bought the house for £250. Credit: Ben Lack

Elsie said the first thing the new homeowners did after buying the house was replace their tin bath with a proper bathroom.

Her family are sure that the 104-year-old will never leave the house, with 75-year-old son Ray saying his mother 'loves' the place as it's 'full of memories'.

She's so familiar with it that she says she 'could make my way round it in the dark'.

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Elsie herself said she 'never wanted to live anywhere else' and that the home which has been a constant in her life 'means everything to me'.

Featured Image Credit: Ben Lack

Topics: UK News, Home

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