William died suddenly in 1932 while gardening. The family, grieving the loss, decided to preserve the house and avoided all forms of modernisation. William's tobacco pouch and pipe, hanging beside the fireplace, was untouched, and the 1932 calendar was left on the wall. William Jr., who had moved to London to become an English teacher around 1918, returned to the house in 1938, the year before his mother's death. He and brother Walter continued to run the house without making any changes, resisting modern conveniences. Walter died in 1976, and William Jr. lived in the house until 1985, when he was hospitalised after a fall. The Family had always owned the adjoining property, which they tennanted out, after William's hospitalisation the tennants become the caretakers of the Straw's house, and after William's death in 1990 inteherited both properties. William had left in his will the entire contents of Endcliffe Villa to the National Trust, but they didn't know what they would do with the usual bequeathed gift, until the Straw's Tennants (now the owners of the properties) gave both properties to the National Trust, they are believed then to have gone travelling.
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