Home is where the heart is for Sheffield woman who has lived in same house for 90 years

Andrew McCaren/Ross Parry'Picture shows Vera McClare outside the South Yorkshire house  where the  90-year-old was born and has lived all her life.'The Rotherham brick terraced property was bought by Vera's grand parents Herbert & Eliza Lounds in 1912 when the houses were built.'The two up two down passed to Vera's parents Edith & Sidney Swaine, who were also born in the house.'The tiny terraced property then passed to Vera where she lived with husband Bill where she gave birth to her three children Lynsey, Teresa and Pat born in the front room which also doubled as Vera's hairdressers shop
Andrew McCaren/Ross Parry'Picture shows Vera McClare outside the South Yorkshire house where the 90-year-old was born and has lived all her life.'The Rotherham brick terraced property was bought by Vera's grand parents Herbert & Eliza Lounds in 1912 when the houses were built.'The two up two down passed to Vera's parents Edith & Sidney Swaine, who were also born in the house.'The tiny terraced property then passed to Vera where she lived with husband Bill where she gave birth to her three children Lynsey, Teresa and Pat born in the front room which also doubled as Vera's hairdressers shop
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There is no place like home for Vera McClare.

Her grandparents moved in as the first tenants when the terrace property was built in 1912 and Vera’s parents followed.

Although Vera, who still lives independently, was born in hospital she was taken home when she was a few days old and has been there ever since.

Over the years Vera’s family have tried to persuade her to move to a more modern property but she is happy staying on Clough Street in Masbrough, Rotherham, although she has had a stairlift installed to make life a little easier.

When her grandparents Herbert and Eliza Lounds moved it was one of the best houses in the street because it had a separate kitchen - although bath nights were spent in a zinc bath in the cellar.

They were followed by Vera’s parents Edith and Sidney Swaine, who went to live there to look after the couple when they got older.

Vera, the youngest of three children, stayed at the house after she married taxi driver Bill McClare in 1948 to care for her parents after her father was seriously injured in a works accident.

And when Bill died in 1991 Vera was determined to stay in the house, the only home she had known, and she bought the property.

“It is what you would call a real family home,” said Vera, who celebrated her 90th birthday with family and friends.

“My parents moved in to look after my grandparents and I stayed here to care for my mum and dad when the got older.

“I met Bill before the war, he joined the army and was a prisoner of war for six years, after being captured in Crete.

“I worked in a munitions factory and when we got married I told Bill I wanted to stay in the house to care for mum and dad and he agreed.

“I was a hairdresser when I left school and after the war I opened up a shop in my front room, it was just known as Vera’s.

“But I stopped hairdressing in the Sixties because I wanted it to be a proper house again.

“I am so comfortable here. I have a kitchen, a living room and a front room and. We had three bedrooms but converted one into a bathroom. I also have a garden, it’s a lovely house and why should I ever want to leave it.”

Vera, who has eight grandchildren and five great grandchildren, added: “I have also had some lovely neighbours over the years and I now have a stairlift which has made life a lot more comfortable for me.”

Although Vera does all her own cooking and housework, daughters Lindsey McLaughlin, 63, Teresa Beecher, 62, and Pat Webster, 57, who were all born in the front room of the house, keep an eye on her.

Lindsey added: “I think it’s lovely that mum is so happy in that house, it holds so many memories. Her parents moved in to look after their parents and mum stayed to look after her family.

“She didn’t want to leave them after she was married and my dad agreed to live there rather than them set up a home together. Mum has worked all her life and had a job in a factory and later as a cashier when she stopped hairdressing.

“She is very independent and keeps her home lovely. After dad died she was still determined to stay there alone and even bought the house to make sure she would never have to leave.”

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