Man’s home sells for £125,000 with his body in a tomb underneath

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The badly fire-damaged detached house, including the remains of the man himself, Jake Mangle-Wurzel, which are buried in a tomb at Salendine Nook in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, was put up for auction earlier this year. His long-time residence in Peat Ponds, Laund Road, has now been sold, according to Auction House Manchester, although no information regarding the buyer has been disclosed, reports Yorkshire Live.

Whoever does take it on faces a major demolition/rebuilding task with the auctioneers telling prospective bidders: “The existing house now requires extensive rebuilding works and refurbishing throughout but there is the potential to significantly extend the existing property subject to obtaining the necessary planning consents.”

The madcap jester who described himself as the town’s “joker-in-chief” kept the town in stitches for decades with his antics – the least of which was driving around with a kitchen sink and other items strapped to the top of his motor.

He became so well-known that TV companies took an interest in him with a documentary film called ‘Mr Somebody?’ about him being broadcast in Huddersfield several years ago – and one to which he took fierce exception.

He died after a short battle with skin cancer in August last year aged 83.

His wife Jackie Smith from Leeds who it is understood will inherit the proceeds from the sale of the house declined to discuss the sale.

Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman, who knew Jake, well said: “It’s nice that Jake’s house has been sold. Jake Mangle-Wurzel was a real character and once gave me a passport to Wurzeland and was mostly an amusing character but not always. I’m delighted that his house is going into good hands.”

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