The property in the Longton area of Stoke-on-Trent is preserved with almost all of its original features, including a scullery, coal house, outdoor toilet and parlour
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A former pottery worker’s cottage in Stoke-on-Trent, described as like stepping back in time to the 1870s, has been listed for sale with a guide price of just £20,000.
The property in the Longton area of the Staffordshire city is preserved with almost all of its original features, including a scullery, coal house, outdoor toilet and parlour.
The house, its contents and pieces of artwork are going under the hammer at three separate auctions. The two bedroom terrace property itself comes with a guide price of just £20,000, StokeonTrent Live reports.
The property most recently belonged to artist Tim Chitty, who kept all of its original features and used the Victorian and Edwardian era trinkets and features to inspire his work, produced in a studio upstairs.
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Tim, who grew up in the Cotswolds, moved to the Potteries to study at Burslem School of Art. He went on to exhibit his work as far afield as London and Bristol. He died earlier this year aged 64, following a long illness.
The artist never installed a bathroom, and simply relied on a tin bath in front of the fire.
Meanwhile, the only concession to modern living in the brick-floored scullery was a gas oven.
The doors, cupboards and dados were done in scumbling – a thick brown varnish, brushed or feathered to achieve a wood grain effect.
And the house was overlooked by bottle kilns from Hudson and Middleton’s china works.
Tim’s terrace was in a row of three workers’ cottages, built in the 1870s for employees of the pottery company.
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He would cut an eccentric figure in the town, with his trademark black three-piece suit and cane, often en route to Longton library for research.
His sister Gill Chitty said: “The house was his whole world. He was a very kind and gentle man, with a great sense of humour. But he was something of a recluse towards the end.”
Inside the property, there was everything from musical boxes to Edwardian toy soldiers.
“He didn’t like to sell his work a lot because it was part of an assemblage. But he would give away work to people he loved,” added Gill.
To make ends meet, Tim worked as a glass engraver and furniture restorer for many years.
He first stumbled across the house one wintry day in 1987, when he spotted there were no footprints in the snow by the front door. Tim twigged the house was vacant and managed to buy it for £4,000.
Apart from sorting out the electrics, he kept it just as he discovered the place.
Following his death, the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery took some of Tim’s work for its collection.
The general house contents, which will be sold next month by Adam Partridge Auctioneers, includes an array of oddities, along with furniture and ceramics. Tim’s main art pieces are set to go under the hammer in the New Year.
To get the property ready for auction, it has sadly involved emptying the rooms. The house sale will take place on November 17 through Town & Country Property Auctions, in Wrexham.
Gill said: “It would be lovely if someone would treat it for what it is. A very rare and unaltered house.
“If they could find a way to extend it and modernise it, while being sympathetic and to keep its character.”
Melissa Alford, from Town & Country Property Auctions, said: “It’s a very difficult property to value because of the extent of the work required. But we’ve had an awful lot of interest in it.”
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