Daily Express

In­side Arts & Crafts house frozen in time

- By Sam Rus­sell

IT may look like an or­di­nary ter­raced house.

But the in­side is a work of art – with the skill and cre­ativ­ity of the hum­ble owner preserved as a shrine to his craft.

Now the David Parr House, which is al­ready a tourist at­trac­tion, has been given Grade II* listed sta­tus.

Labourer Parr bought his two- bed­room home at 186 Gwydir Street, Cam­bridge, in 1886 and worked on it un­til his death in 1927.

He cre­ated a work of art on walls and ceil­ings with all- over pat­terns. Items he de­signed and built also sur­vived, in­clud­ing cur­tain rails, toi­let and oven.

His de­scen­dants lived there un­til 2013, pre­serv­ing it like a

time cap­sule. Parr worked for FR Leach & Sons, which had its show­room at St Mary’s Pas­sage, and also has pro­tected sta­tus.

The firm worked with some of the coun­try’s top de­sign­ers, no­tably Wil­liam Mor­ris, fa­ther of the Arts and Crafts move­ment. Tony Cal­la­dine, of His­toric Eng­land, called the house an “ex­tra­or­di­nary artis­tic mas­ter­piece”.

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Des res... the house may not have kerb ap­peal but it is packed with stun­ning art made by Parr, left
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