A VERY famous song was written in this quaint country pub which is on sale for just £40,000
The boozer, in the village of Honiley, Warwickshire, has a quite remarkable history
Story: The pub has a remarkable history
A VERY famous song was written in this idyllic country pub – but what could it be?
Iconic boozer the Tipperary Inn, in the village of Honiley, Warwickshire, can be bought for just under £40,000 from Enterprise Inns.
The Warwickshire boozer where the famous World War One marching song ‘It’s a Long Way to Tipperary’ was penned is up for sale.
The quaint pub near Balsall Common has a 13-year lease remaining with a rent of £23,000 a year, the Coventry Evening Telegraph reports.
The pub, previously known as the Plough Inn, was the home of Harry Williams who co-wrote the famous song in the early 1900s.
Harry composed ‘It’s A Long Way to Tipperary’ with music hall entertainer Jack Judge in 1912, but was overshadowed by his more extrovert co-writer, who performed the song across the country.
It’s a Long Way to Tipperary: Harry Williams (Right) and co-composer Jack Judge
Harry met Jack in Oldbury and the pair went on to produce 32 songs over a 15-year partnership. Harry was confined to a wheelchair after he fell down the pub’s stairs as a child, breaking both legs.
In an interview with the Telegraph in 2014, Harry’s grand-niece Meg Pybus, said: “Harry was a very sensitive, sickly man. He was in a wheelchair and prone to all kinds of illnesses. But he was a great poet, an accomplished pianist and composer. He played lots of different instruments.
“I have the proof it was written at The Plough in 1909 from my mother, who lived at the pub, including the original manuscript.”
Previously the song was ballad called ‘It’s a Long Way to Connemara’, but its name was changed after Jack won a five shillings bet with fellow artist that he couldn’t write and perform a new song in 24 hours.
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Both men earned £164,000 between them in 1915 from the royalties with three million copies being sold in the UK after 1912.
The pub is said to have been renamed the Tipperary Inn after Harry purchased it off his parents with money made from the song.
Guy Simmonds is currently marketing the pub. According to the sales brochure, the pub has an open plan lounge bar and restaurant “which has been fully refurbished and is presented to a very high standard and offers excellent fixtures and fittings.
“This lovely room benefits from a mix of carpeted and solid wood flooring, bar servery area, two open fireplaces and beamed ceilings.”
There is a commercial catering kitchen with stainless steel appliances and owner’s accommodation, with a kitchen, lounge, bathroom and three bedrooms, located on the first floor.
The pub also boasts a huge garden with a wooden decking that can seat 60 people comfortably.
As well as a large paddock which can be used as a marquee event space, there is a car park for between 30 and 40 cars.
Guy Simmonds has stated it is estimated the pub’s turnover is around £300,000 per year including VAT.
The Plough, Balsall Common, now The Tipperary pub, former home of Harry Williams and where he co-wrote It’s a Long Way to Tipperary with Jack JudgeThe Plough, Balsall Common, now The Tipperary pub, former home of Harry Williams and where he co-wrote It’s a Long Way to Tipperary with Jack Judge
The sales particulars also state: “Business rates are advised as currently being circa £11,000 payable per annum.”
The pub has been run by Mike Malhan since February 2014, but due to family commitments he has decided to end his time at the Tipperary Inn early.