‘We live like the 1930s – we pay cash and only use landline phones’

A couple has given up on modern life and live every day like in the 1930s – paying only cash and making all phone calls to landlines.

Lisa Fletcher, 58, and her husband Neil, 55, watch only a black and white TV, have a 1930s fridge, and drive Vehicle Which is about 100 years old.

They listen to music on gramophones and their wardrobes are filled with original 1930s fashionAfter Lisa came up with the idea of ​​living an authentic 1930s lifestyle.

They convinced engineer Neil to join the board after they married in 1991, and although the pair had some fun looks, Lisa said they would never go back to modern life.







Neil and Lisa’s house looks like a museum
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The authentic couple has lived in three homes, and moved into their current home six years ago, which they have been converting since then into their 1930s.

The home is complete with the original fireplace, furniture, and even appliances—including a working enamel cooker and 1935 Westinghouse fridge.

They pay for everything in cash and use landlines on mobile phones – and housewife Lisa also likes to do hand-washing using a mangle.







Lisa cleaning her house with a 1930s vacuum cleaner
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Lisa from Wachette, Somerset, said: “I’ve always been interested in history from a kid – I never liked shopping like other schoolgirls, but I used to take a big history book with me.

“After Neil and I got married, I bought some Art Deco pieces for the house until he got on board and started buying them too.

“We decided to go full 20s and 30s high style — for me it had to be full of glamour.







The pair commit to their old lifestyle
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“I think people assume we’re like someone from Dickensian England, sitting here by the light of a twinkling candle – but it’s not.

“But everything in our house has a story—if I woke up and it was all modern I’d lock myself in a cupboard and not come out!

“When people see us in the street they sometimes ask if we’re ready for the wedding because of how we dress.

“I think people see us as completely insane, but I couldn’t think of anything else.”







The furnishings are out of date, even the light switches
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Lisa recounts how shortly after the wedding she picked up the idea of ​​living her 1930s dream with Neil – although at first she didn’t believe it.

Lisa resolved to just add a few additions to her home, but over time, she noticed that Neil began to find interesting objects of the same style.

Eventually, they agreed to go ‘the whole twenties and thirties’.

The couple built their first home, a cottage, with as much of an original 1930s design as possible but also embraced the lifestyle.







Lisa loves listening to music
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She cooks all their food, and the couple never eats processed food
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Over time, their entire wardrobes were filled with original 1930s clothing to complement their age-old lifestyle.

Lisa said: “I never thought I’d actually get clothes.

“I’ve always wanted to wear clothes like this, but no one tells you where they get their clothes.

“I was finally told by someone about a business and they basically supplied me with my entire wardrobe.

“We also go to car boot sales and charity shops.







Neil drives a vintage car, and dresses in 1930s fashion
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“I have a real thing for gloves — we joke that if I buy more I can take care of the Coach party.”

Six years ago, the couple moved into their current home, a more spacious three-bed house in Watchett.

The property was completely destroyed by the previous owners, so they began work to restore it to become a 1930s paradise where they would live out their dream.

His 1930s renovation goes all the way up to the skirting board, light switch, doorknobs, and details on the original cabinets.







They don’t use mobile phones or have any mod cons
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The pair snatched up an original 1929 Jackson Gray enamel cooker for £250, which is in perfect working condition and used every day.

He also has a 1935 Westinghouse fridge that was bought EBAY — and only a handful of its kind are still being used in the world.

Lisa said: “Buying everything secondhand, it all comes with a story. Everything comes from somewhere.

“We bought this fridge when the owner told us ‘if you want it, you have to come tomorrow’ so we had to drop everything and go to London to pick it up that day.







Neil and Lisa have spent years collecting old furniture
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“We always end up on lots of little adventures.”

Their kitchen also features 1930s perfect dinner service with original cutlery, glasses, table cloths and crockery for their traditional Sunday meals.

But his prized possession is his three gramophones, on which he listens to music from his 1930s vinyl records.

Lisa said one reason her record collection was moving to a bigger house was because “we had so many records in our collection that it was making the bow of the ceiling.”







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She said: “I love my gramophone and I love my music.

“When I go into the kitchen and put on the tablecloth with all my pieces and pieces, then play our music, I think about how cute it all is.”

They even have a small one that they take out when packing a picnic basket to go for a 1930s-style picnic.

But not only is his home completely dated to the 1920s and 1930s – but his lifestyle reflects the era as well.

In addition to the mobile phone they use for work, they stick to a landline phone.







their house is full of old things
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They almost zero their use of online banking and cards in favor of traditional cash-in-hand purchases.

They have a small TV bought from ASDA for £100, which they plug in only when they want to use it – though only for watching black and white shows and movies.

When Neil is out at work, Lisa stays at home to cook and clean—and opts for hand-washing and drying using a traditional mangle, using a washing machine and tumble dryer.

Every week they have a traditional Sunday dinner sitting around the table – and everything is homemade, with no processed food.







His Cocktail Cupboard Is Full of Antique Glassware
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Lisa said: “I cook everything from scratch and do all my baking myself.

“You would be surprised to know that the food that came out in the 1920s and 1930s and everything we eat dates back to that time.

“We eat a lot of pies, like cottage pie, which I think is a bit old.

“Nothing modern like fajitas – never had a tortilla in this house!”







Neil and Lisa make breakfast at their home
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Couples who have no children know they don’t fit the mold, but they live a life that works for them.

Lisa said: “Sometimes we walk through a Modern Home showroom out of curiosity.

“They must have thought we looked weird walking around with our hats and handbags on!







His gramophone is the pair’s most prized possession.
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“But you see it looks so neat and clean and lovely and feels like it says nothing about you, it has no identity.

“Where everything in our house has a story, it comes from somewhere and has a history of its own.”

Lisa told how she gets mixed reactions to her lifestyle – some support it and some are a little surprised.

She said: “I hope people will accept what we do and why – some are very appreciative but others have been very harsh in the past.

“I think some people think we’re going crazy!

“I don’t think our families really understand this but we are not all the same and it may not suit everyone.

“They were amazed at how nice our house was when they came to visit!”

Regardless of what anyone thinks, Lisa reveals how she will never go back to the modern lifestyle.

She said: “I love it and I can never imagine anything more..”

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