Couple Share Finds From Their 1907 House Renovation Including Old Christmas Presents

A couple have revealed the treasures they’ve discovered as they slowly renovate their Edwardian house.

They’re sharing the transformation on their aptly named TikTok account, called Edwardian Renovation, which reveals the house was built in 1907.

The semi-detached property is in Nottingham, in the U.K., and was in such a state it once appeared on a TV show in 2006, called How Clean Is Your House, showing most of it covered in grime.

Now it has new owners, who are set on restoring the three-bedroom house to its former glory.

While the previous owners, called Margaret and James Holland, removed most of their furniture, they left some antique pieces behind.

The homeowners shared videos showing an old piano, an Aga cooker, a writing desk, a chest of drawers and a chandelier, seemingly dating back generations.

And as they explored further, they found an old chest in the loft which hadn’t been touched in decades.

They said: “Today we carried on exploring the loft, we couldn’t believe what we found this time. We found an old case in the loft of our Edwardian house. Full of poetry and china. Here are some of our favorite pieces cleaned up.”

After scrubbing the crockery, they showed it off in all its splendor, revealing blue jugs and plates decorated with lemons.

The newspaper it was wrapped in was dated March 3, 1984, indicating it had been in the attic for decades.

And one of the crumbling outhouses housed a full set of china, which the new owner lovingly cleared up.

But that’s not the oldest find in the house. They uncovered photo albums, books, watches, and more newspapers under the ragged carpet, including a copy of The Sunday Times.

“Things we found when renovating the living room in our Edwardian house,” they captioned one video, shared last Wednesday.

They filmed a selection of books, including one called Our Feathered Friends, and another entitled Long ago, Simple Stories from our Country’s History, from publisher Oliver & Boyd.

Another, called The Heroes and the Water Babies, by Charles Kingsley, appears to be a long-forgotten Christmas present.

The owner opened the cover and shared an inscription on the inside, which indicates it was given as a festive gift in 1949, from a boy named Chris.

They also found numerous vintage photographs, which they shared in other videos, captioned: “Some of the photos we’ve found when renovating our Edwardian house.”

Black-and-white snaps show Widemouth Beach in the U.K., as well as dogs, happy family gatherings and dances from the 1950s and 1960s, all lovingly put into an album.

As they continued the renovation, they delved into a neglected cupboard, saying: “What we found when clearing the cubbyhole in our Edwardian house. We saw something metal in the back corner. An old fire / coal bucket and utensils. What was this small bowl used for? And why would it have a curved bottom?

“When we started renovating the fireplace in the living room of our Edwardian house, we noticed the tiles on our fireplace matched the quarry tiles in the kitchen and dining room. So we carefully removed them and plan on using them, either for the dining room fireplace or the utility room extension floor. Lots of cleaning is needed!”

Some other videos they shared revealed the realities of transforming a vintage home, as they said: “Original windows from 1907 with wobbly glass. I love our renovation but, cobwebs, overgrown garden, dust, rubbish, more dirt, more rubbish, stripping wallpaper.”

The videos have amassed thousands of views, as the pair confirmed they were trying to keep some of the original features.

The antique furniture had gone to storage awaiting renovation, while some people suggested framing the newspaper cuttings.

Commenting on the various finds, Candacedarnell1 wrote: “Those books and diary are excellent finds.”

Raymond Sanders raved: “Omg this is like a time capsule.”

Laura thought: “Love things like this, things that show the people who were here before us.”

While Cloaylward added: “I love these kind of finds! Just awesome.”

Newsweek reached out to Edwardian Renovation for comment.

The Edwardian home on U.K. TV
A photo of the Edwardian home when it appeared on U.K. TV show “How Clean Is Your House.” A couple have been sharing the incredible finds they’ve discovered inside the 1907 home.
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