I lived in my house for 104 years – I was born here and then bought it for £750

A GREAT grandmother has lived in the same house for 104 years.

Elsie Allcock was born in the two-bed terraced house in 1918.

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Elsie Allcock was born in the two-bed terraced house in 1918Credit: Ben Lack
She stayed put through two world wars, four kings and queens and 25 prime ministers

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She stayed put through two world wars, four kings and queens and 25 prime ministersCredit: Ben Lack

And she stayed put through two world wars, four kings and queens and 25 prime ministers.

Widow Elsie, who has two children, six grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren, said: ‘I never wanted to live anywhere else – this is my home and it means everything to me.

“I could go around in the dark.”

His coal miner father first rented the house in Barker Street in Huthwaite, Notts, for seven shillings and sixpence in 1902.

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Elsie – the youngest of five children – was born in a bedroom on June 28, 1918, during the First World War.

She was 14 when her mother died of pneumonia.

She then married her husband Bill in 1941, during World War II.

Elsie recalls: “My mother, Eliza, passed away so I stayed to take care of my father.

“When me and Bill got married, we just stopped here and never left.

“My father died in 1949 and we finally bought the house in the 1960s.”

The owner offered the house – which is now worth £75,000 – for £250.

Elsie said: “We didn’t have £250 so I went to the council and asked for a loan. They accepted and the house was ours.

The first thing they did was have a bathroom installed to replace a tin tub.

Elsie said: “We kept the toilet outside – it still works. Very little has changed.

“I wouldn’t have been happy anywhere else.”

Son Ray was born in the house and moved back there before his father died aged 79 in 1996.

Ray, 75, said: “She will never leave this house. She loves it, it’s full of memories.

Elsie’s daughter-in-law Pat Allcock, 79, added: “Home is the focal point of the whole family.”

Her father, a coal miner, first rented the house in Barker Street in Huthwaite, Notts, for seven shillings and sixpence in 1902.

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Her father, a coal miner, first rented the house in Barker Street in Huthwaite, Notts, for seven shillings and sixpence in 1902.Credit: google maps
Elsie, pictured here in 1922, was born in a bedroom on June 28, 1918, during World War I

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Elsie, pictured here in 1922, was born in a bedroom on June 28, 1918, during World War ICredit: Ben Lack
She then married her husband Bill in 1941, during World War II

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She then married her husband Bill in 1941, during World War IICredit: Ben Lack
The passionate couple celebrated their ruby ​​wedding anniversary at home in 1981

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The passionate couple celebrated their ruby ​​wedding anniversary at home in 1981Credit: Ben Lack

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