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Do you know anyone who's lived in the same house their whole lives?

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LaraGransnet (GNHQ) Fri 23-Aug-19 13:34:04

We've been asked to comment on a radio show on this and would love to have your views. Is this something you or anyone you know have done? Are people moving around more? Did you stay in the same area, if not the same house?

Damdee Fri 23-Aug-19 14:13:43

I have always lived in the same general area and have only ever lived in four houses in my life. 1. with parents. 2. 1st husband. 3. 2nd husband. 4. 3rd husband and where I live now.

gransal Fri 23-Aug-19 14:24:20

My mothers sister (my aunt) was born in the house she still lives in. She raised her family in the house and looked after my gran when she took ill in the house. I have always had great respect for her husband (my uncle). not too many men would have accepted the situation.

Maybelle Fri 23-Aug-19 14:31:03

Have never even stayed in the same area, never mind the same house !

Urmstongran Fri 23-Aug-19 14:36:15

My second dad hails from Plockton in the Highlands. He is 87y now and has just put his stone cottage up for sale. It overlooks Loch Carron.

His parents bought it in 1925. It has been the family home ever since.

The original deeds at his solicitors show the local Laird sold off these crafters cottages to his workers in 1883.

Pantglas1 Fri 23-Aug-19 14:58:26

My aunt (spinster) was born in the bungalow in which she still lives in 1936 and my dad (her brother) has never lived more than a mile away - he was also born there.

Razzy Fri 23-Aug-19 15:15:37

I’ve moved around lots. The man at the end of my road is in his 90s and was born in his house! He is so interesting to talk to about the local history.

lemongrove Fri 23-Aug-19 15:33:58

I would imagine there are only a few that still live in the house they were born in.I have a friend who still lives in the same place she was born in but in the third house.
I have constantly moved area from being married, but even before that lived in five different houses ( in the same area.)

westerlywind Fri 23-Aug-19 15:38:27

The house I live in now has been passed down through three generations of the family.

kircubbin2000 Fri 23-Aug-19 16:02:25

MY friend from school lived with her brother. Neither married. I don't think she ever even had a boyfriend.

silverlining48 Fri 23-Aug-19 16:31:53

A friends neighbour was born and still lives in the same house, she is over 70. My gran moved into her rented house at 20 and died there at 90.

Stansgran Fri 23-Aug-19 17:06:55

My uncle died in his 80s in the house he was born in in Liverpool. A friend now lives in the house she grew up in as she returned home ( from renting in London) to help nurse her father then nurse her mother. She is 74. Does that count?

harrigran Fri 23-Aug-19 17:21:54

My uncle was born and lived all of his 89 years in the same house. It was a market garden and he carried on after his father retired.
I still live within five miles of where I was born.

Cherrytree59 Fri 23-Aug-19 17:50:29

My cousin (USA) was born and raised in the house that she has lived in all her life.
Her mother died as a young woman.
Her brother eventually moved out, but she stayed with her father until he died.

My cousin then bought her brothers half and has remained in the house ever since.
It has been her home for about 58 years (so far)

Another cousin still lives in the family home (from birth) in scotland.
she is however a mere youngster at 42 years smile.

My father and mother moved from Scotland to South Africa and eventually to England for work.
Same with my father's brother and family. (USA) again to find work.

However the rest of my family on both sides have remained within a few miles from where they were born (West Coast Scotland).

My sister and I live about 10 miles away from where we grew up as teenagers.
My Dh and son in law both moved into this area, work related.
My son has moved 145 miles away again work related.

My maternal grandfather as a young man walked from Caithness to Glasgow to find work.

Young people with families to support have always moved to where there is employment.

Today's employment 'migrants' are more likely to work in industry such as Finance or IT, than the heavy industry of the past which attracted the out of work blue collar workers, farm workers etc.

Apologies for long postsmile

Granny23 Fri 23-Aug-19 18:07:01

I have always lived locally. Born in my Grandmother's house, because my parents only had a room and kitchen with shared outside toilet, we soon moved to a prefab, 3 doors down from my Granny. When I married we had 3 rental properties locally in rapid succession, then 46 years ago we moved, with toddler and baby into this house. which was very run down. We renovated and extended, brought up our DDs here and after Uni and city living they both moved back nearby to raise their families.

DH has recently moved to a Care Home 5 minutes walk away in the village and I have found that I know most of the staff and the other residents. Three of our neighbours have been here even longer than us, DGD1 has just started at my old High School, while DGS has started at the High School his Mum and Aunt attended. I love being part of a real community, where I have known many people since childhood although some of my closest friends in the village have 'only' been here 10 or 20 years. They all say they would never want to live anywhere else.

Minty Fri 23-Aug-19 19:35:53

I live in the house I was born in!

TwiceAsNice Fri 23-Aug-19 19:44:06

I lived within 15 miles of where I was born all my life but in a total of 5 houses. I moved 150 miles away at 63 to be near my family when I retired ( I am divorced) so now live in a flat residence no 6 and will stay here hopefully until they carry me out in a box! I like where I live now but I am still homesick for Wales. ( never forget you’re Welsh!)

SueDonim Fri 23-Aug-19 19:49:16

One of my neighbours still sleeps in the room in which he was born, some 65 years ago. Another neighbour lived in the same farmhouse all his 70+ years and he also died there, after an accident in which he fell from the roof. sad

I've lived in umpteen houses, towns and countries over the years. I anticipate I'll move again, too!

ninathenana Fri 23-Aug-19 20:01:15

I lived in the same house all my life until I got married.
We bought a two up two down in the same town, then moved to a 3 bed semi where we have now lived for 32 yrs. So only three houses in my life and all within 2 miles of each other.

Quercus Fri 23-Aug-19 22:14:16

My neighbours live in the house they were born in. They are two sisters in their 80s.

CanadianGran Fri 23-Aug-19 22:42:49

My husband, and also neighbours!

My DH lived in the ground floor apartment of his mum's house when I met him and we lived there when married. We eventually bought the house from his mother and we use the whole house now. Eventually we hope our youngest son buys the house from us and we will live downstairs!

Two of our neighbours have done the same; buying their parents house. So in our neighbourhood the same family names over 2 generations beside us and behind us!

Tangerine Fri 23-Aug-19 23:31:49

I know a man who has lived in the same house since he was born in 1944. He never married and just never left home.

Peonyrose Sun 25-Aug-19 07:22:49

My granny, was born and died, 96 years later, in the same house. As far as I know she went once on holiday to Blackpool, with us all, spent the week missing her house and her cat, said she would never do it again, far better where she lived! She had a tabby cat all her life, not the same one.😺

Peonyrose Sun 25-Aug-19 07:25:21

I have lived here 51 years! Should move but can't find anything I like better.

travelsafar Sun 25-Aug-19 08:04:42

I think it is wonderful to have the home you were raised in still in your life be it through living there yourself or another family member living there. My parents constantly moved around the country and as a child it didnt bother me too much once i had settled at different schools.But now as an OAP i wish there was a family home somewhere in my life that i could visit or even see. It would have been lovely to have had parents in a house which housed childhood memories and items from your youth. Sadly we never had that. I have nothing from my childhood, not a book, doll game or item of clothing it must be lovely to have something you can remember playing with as a child.