Victorian Era House

  maulik patel
  karma level 70946


Living in the past: Man spends six years turning cottage into Victorian time capsule

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 4:41 PM on 22nd September 2010


What the Dickens?... meet the incredible fan of all things Victorian who has spent thousands making his home a real-life homage to the bygone age.

It was an era where chamber pots were commonplace, hedgehogs were insect repellents and ladies were routinely treated for hysteria.

But for Peter Saunders, the Victorian age is with him every day.

Time for a nice cuppa: Peter Saunders enjoys Elevenses... from a Victorian tea service, of course

Bloomin' luvverly: Peter takes Victorian life very seriously, even down to the waistcoat and flat cap


Eschewing leather loungers and factory-produced furniture, Peter has made it his life's mission to turn his home into a late-1800s haven.

Spending 'thousands' turning his £175,000 Nottingham cottage into a time capsule, Peter has made sure every item in the house is 100 per cent authentic.

Everything from the toilet cistern to the tins in his pantry have been lovingly hand-picked from car boot sales, antique fairs and eBay auctions.



Genuine article: Peter has collected authentic Victorian household items from car boot sales and eBay, even down to the portrait of Queen Victoria hanging proudly above the sitting room fireplace


The four-bedroom house is now so close to how it would have looked when a real-life Victorian family last lived there, eccentric Peter is now considering opening its doors to the public.

Council worker Peter, 30, says: 'I've gone to a lot of trouble and I would like to share it with people who will appreciate it.

'The Victorian period is something I've always liked. It was a fascinating time and both my mum and my sister are interested in it too, so I guess my passion for it started from there.

'Sometimes I've bought something for a room or decorated it in a certain way, but then I've just started again because it's not faithful to the working-class roots of the house.

A good old sing-song: The Victorians loved nothing more than to stand around the piano and entertain themselves

Dream come true: Peter has spent 'thousands' creating a genuine Victorian home that he hopes he will be able to open to the public


'I even had some lovely stuffed birds in cages, but I got rid of them because I didn't feel they were true to the kind of house this would have been back then, or the kind of family that would have lived here.

'My mum picks things up for me for the house all the time. Car boot sales and eBay are the best places to get really cheap, quality pieces from the period.'

Peter adds: 'I like the idea of the lifestyle that the Victorians had, apart from some of the conditions like the medical care available. But they were less wasteful and things were built to last.



The real thing: Experts agree that Peter really has got into the character of the place and that the house genuinely reflects Victorian times

Home on the range: Peter uses the original cooking features, but admits to having a microwave oven neatly hidden away

'Most of my friends are very supportive and they love coming round for dinner parties when all the old glasses and cutlery comes out.

'I can't stand all that modern stuff made of plastic that all looks the same.

'I still have all the mod cons like a television and microwave - they are just cleverly hidden around the house. And I have running water, as most Victorians had, but they didn't have hot water on tap like I have.' 

He also admits to having central heating and a fridge freezer but says his modern appliances are concealed in cupboards or behind curtains.


The way we were: The Nottingham cottage pictured in the early 1900s with the Robinson family and household staff who lived there until the end of the century. The house looks very much the same today as it did then

The house has an outside loo, which Peter is restoring. 'But I also have a Victorian-style indoor bathroom with antique fittings, so I suppose I have the best of both worlds - all the modern conveniences but with the romantic and quaint feel of the Victorian period,' he explains.

'And it's still very cosy - the Victorians were all about comfort.' 

Hilary Silvester, chairman of Nottingham Civic Society, said: 'I think he's done it extremely well and has really got into the character of the place.

'It's not twee in any way and has been restored in such a genuine fashion.'






Related Entries

743
votes
Amazing House on a Hill Valley
by Portonovo Kajanazimudeen on Jan/02,2010 ( diamond user)
222
votes
World's Most Expensive House
by Nuzhat Ny on Apr/26,2011 ( diamond user)
144
votes
Famous Redwood One Log House
by Blue on Jan/12,2012 ( diamond user)
90
votes
Expensive Dog House
by Blue on Sep/12,2012 ( diamond user)
171
votes
House Belongs to Kim K.
by Bikash Chetry on Jan/20,2013 ( diamond user)
1 k
votes
The Most Amazing Houses in the World!
by Portonovo Kajanazimudeen on Aug/06,2009 ( diamond user)
73
votes
House of Bottles
by Bikash Chetry on Sep/12,2010 ( diamond user)
115
votes
House on a Rock.
by Panther on Sep/30,2013 ( diamond user)
529
votes
Exotic House in Singapore
by Bikash Chetry on Nov/08,2010 ( diamond user)
178
votes
Housefull.
by Monika on May/16,2010 ( diamond user)
18
votes
13 ways You Can to Install Positive Energy Around Your House.
by Raj Kumar on Dec/09,2015 ( diamond user)
129
votes
Whose House Is This?
by Panther on Aug/09,2013 ( diamond user)
635
votes
Most Expensive House in Canada
by Nitin K on Feb/18,2011 ( diamond user)
1 k
votes
House of Celebreties
by Mridula on Aug/17,2009 ( diamond user)
157
votes
15 Innovative Products For Every Household.
by Blue on Feb/02,2016 ( diamond user)
77
votes
Height of Housekeeping
Admin on Feb/17,2007  
48
votes
House of Bones - Casa Batllo, Spain.
by Blue on Jul/13,2013 ( diamond user)
347
votes
Houses in weird places.
by Nuzhat Ny on Jul/05,2011 ( diamond user)
40
votes
Famous Redwood Log House.
by Blue on Nov/07,2013 ( diamond user)
629
votes
House boat in Kerala
Admin on Feb/17,2007  

Random Pics



Share this with friends

Your Name:
Your Email:

Friends Email: (Atleast 1)


Subscribe for more Fun

Receive best posts in your inbox.

Confirm email
Your Email



Add Your Comments

comments powered by Disqus
User generated content. Copyright respective owners wherever applicable. Contact - admin at binscorner