The local pub in the birthplace of the UK's longest running soap opera, The Archers, has been put up for sale, with Colliers International seeking offers in the region of £300,000 for the public house, restaurant and letting accommodation business opportunity.
Located on the High Street, opposite Rippingale Church, The Bull Inn is in centre of this traditional farming community. The investment opportunity comprises a two storey public house with car parking for 20 cars, alongside a beer terrace, attractive gardens and outbuildings, which have been converted into letting accommodation. The outbuildings offer accommodation in the configuration of two twins, one single, one double and a larger suite.
Although the Second World War came to an end in 1945, the recovery took some time to be felt across Britain, with rationing still in force in many towns and villages until the early 1950s. As part of the BBC's post-war drive to promote agriculture and farming, Henry Burtt, a nationally recognised expert in seed crops and an influential figure in the NFU at the time, who lived in Rippingale, propositioned the the BBC at a national conference held to increase radio audiences across in Britain. He suggested: "what we want is a 'farming Dick Barton'", in reference to Dick Barton Secret Agent - the then most popular radio programme in Britain.
Sparking BBC Producer Godfrey Baseley's interest, Burtt invited Baseley to visit Rippingale and took the opportunity to explain the importance of farming to the livelihoods of the local community. He demonstrated that a drought or crop disease could ruin the community, so there was just as much drama in farming as there was in 'Dick Barton'. This is how the concept for The Archers was born, with Rippingale and its residents becoming the BBC's source of reference for a typical British farming community. The first episode aired in 1950 and is still running on BBC Radio 4 to this day.
Peter Vass, surveyor, Colliers International said: "The Bull Inn is the hub of this well-known farming community, which was the inspiration behind the longest running soap opera in Britain. We are excited to be presenting this opportunity to own a piece of Britain's history in a village which attracts all year round visitors keen to experience life in this traditional farming community.
"The previous owners did not take advantage of the pub's status as a potential tourist attraction. Given the right publicity and working with Lincolnshire County Council Tourism, there is the potential to convert part of the pub in to an Archers theme room where presentations and talks could take place and special functions held, showcasing meals from the Archers' cook book. This coupled with the additional revenue available from the pub ad letting accommodation, means the Bull could offer significant financial return as a lifestyle business."