96 years in same house

Posted on July 4, 2007 

96 years in same house

A Portsmouth pensioner is claiming a new record after living in the same house for 96 years.

Alex Baker has stayed in the two-up, two-down terrace since he was born there in 1911.

When he spent his first hours there, the Titanic had yet to sail and the First World War was still three years away.

The house bought for £130 is now worth £130,000 – but Alex laughed off the idea of ever cashing in.

He told the Mirror: “This house has always been my home, so why would I ever want to leave?”

Alex and his wife of 68 years, Edith, 89, raised three children at the house.

Son Brian, a 66-year-old retired cabinetmaker, said: “The bathroom was a tin bath in the yard and we had gas lamps until I was seven or eight.”

Alex’s uncle, Tom Searle, bought the house at the turn of the century, passing it on to Alex’s mother, Alice. She and his father, Owen, had married in 1889.

Owen died in 1929 and when Alice passed away in 1957, the house went to Alex and Edith.

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