The 82-year-old man has lived in the same house all his life and sleeps in the room he was born in

Philip Jarman inherited the three bedroom property in Basingstoke, Hants, from his parents and has lived there with his wife and their two children ever since

Philip Jarman stood in front of the house where he has lived for 82 years
Philip Jarman stood in front of the house where he has lived for 82 years

A retiree has lived in the same house for all 82 years of his life and even sleeps in the bedroom he was born in.

Philip Jarman inherited his childhood home when the three bedroom detached property was worth just £900 and it is now valued at £650,000.

The grandfather of five even kept the same job throughout his professional life, working in a factory that made forklifts.

Mr Jarman’s parents moved into the brick house in Basingstoke, Hants, in 1938 and the following year he was born in the master bedroom.

After the death of his mother, he inherited the house and has lived there ever since.

He almost sold the house shortly thereafter because he thought it was too big to live in alone as a bachelor.

Mr. Jarman inherited the house from his parents

But he changed his mind when he met his wife Leslie, who is also now 82 and says it was the best decision he’s ever made.

Looking back on his life under one roof, Mr Jarman said: “My earliest memory of the house was probably my father’s return from the war.

“I was just born in 1939, when the war broke out, in my parents’ bedroom.

My father may have come home for some time before the end of the war and then returned, but I was too young to remember that.

Mr. Jarman’s wife said it was the best thing he’d ever done

“When the war ended I was about six years old, I remember this big gentleman came in and my mother was all excited.

“We had a charcoal fireplace back then, and my mother used to tell us the sparks that flew from it were soldiers returning home.”

Sadly, Mr Jarman said his father Harold only spent a year at home before he was hospitalized for a year and died of cancer.

Then, six months after his older brother Richard married and moved to Australia, their mother Doris died, leaving him the house in her will.

The detached property had three bedrooms

“And I’ve stayed here ever since,” he said.

“Actually I was about to sell it, I thought it was too big for me as a bachelor.

“But then I met my wife in 1970 at a barn dance for the local rugby club I was a member of. I almost didn’t go, but I did and we introduced ourselves.”

Mr and Mrs Jarman married a year later and took the house off the market and have lived happily ever since.

The front of the house pictured in 1953

“She says taking the house off the market is the best thing I’ve ever done. She loves it,” Mr Jarman said.

Mr. Jarman, a father of two, says the home and surrounding area have changed dramatically in his 84 years.

“However, many things have changed, we now have central heating and double-glazed windows. We built a small addition to the side and landscaped the garden between us.

Remarkably, Mr. Jarman’s life remained unchanged

“When the house was built there was nothing here, just a bit of green grass at the end of the street.

“There were no supermarkets, you had to go to the top of Basingstoke where the shops were.

“There were hardly any cars like today and there were no traffic lights. Our traffic light was a policeman waving his hands.

The garden of Mr. Jarman’s house

“One day I was stopped by one of these police officers. I thought I was in trouble but it turned out to be an old friend who recognized me, everyone was known back then.

“It’s a very, very different city from what I knew as a teenager.

“There have been a lot of changes, but I think the core of the city has stayed pretty much the same.

“The town center didn’t change until they decided to build the new one, but there’s still a lot there in the old Basingstoke area.”

But despite the changes, he swears he never wanted to live anywhere else, even if he had the same job at a factory making forklifts his entire life.

Not only does Mr Jarman have happy memories of the house, he also has many happy memories of playing in the streets as a child.

“We used to build karts and race down the street. It was absolutely fun,” he said.

“That was our fun, or sometimes with one or two other friends from here on our bikes all day long.

The property, then valued at £900, is now valued at £650,000

“Sometimes we would go to the end of the garden and watch all the cars drive down from north and London. There was no motorway back then, so people had to drive through central Basingstoke instead.”

Mr. Jarman and his wife, who worked in finance, now have two children, Robert and Karen, and five grandchildren, and are in no hurry to leave home.

“I don’t have any sales plans yet,” he added.

His brother, who was an engineer in the Royal Navy, died two years ago aged 82.

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