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Wednesday, 1 August, 2001, 14:41 GMT 15:41 UK
Hancock house for sale
Tony Hancock
There has been a lot of interest in Hancock's house
The house where comedian Tony Hancock was born has been put on the market.

Owners Vic and Sheila Pugh, who have lived there for 41 years, have decided to sell up because the house is too big.

The property at Southam Road, in the Hall Green area of Birmingham, is a far cry from the rented rooms Hancock shared with Sid James and Hattie Jacques at 23 Railway Cuttings, Cheam.

If the house was for sale for 100,000, we would have bought it by now for our collection

Dan Peat, Tony Hancock Appreciation Society

It has an extended kitchen, three reception rooms and a large garden for an asking price of 229,500.

The house, which was built in 1912, also boasts a plaque commemorating Hancock's residence there for three years from his birth in 1924.

Dan Peat, president of the Tony Hancock Appreciation Society, said: "If the house was for sale for 100,000, we would have bought it by now for our collection.

"We already have his hat and coat as well as other personal items."

Lot of interest

He added that the society had around 1,000 members: "We would have liked it for a museum. I'm sure this would arouse a lot of interest from Hancock fans."

Mrs Pugh said: "We get people coming to the door asking if they can get a photograph. They have been very, very good.

"People who come to the door always remark on it and are amazed. But after 41 years, we expect it now."

Halifax, who are the agents selling the house, say that although the house has only been on the market for a short time, it has already sparked a lot of interest.

A spokesperson said: "It's a good property and in a nice area."

Hancock, who was famous for his Hancock's Half Hour radio and television series, is regarded as one of Britain's most gifted comedians.

He committed suicide while touring Australia in 1968.

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