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Former Top of the Pops host puts his £2 million home on the market

The Argus: Former Top of the Pops host puts his £2 million home on the market Former Top of the Pops host puts his £2 million home on the market

A charming 16th Century village house owned by a broadcaster is on the market for a cool £2 million.

Househunters with an appetite for character and timely properties need look no further than Wings Place in Ditchling – a beautiful Tudor manor belonging to TV and radio presenter Jamie Theakston.

Theakston, who was born in the village, used to attend the primary school across the green from the house and admitted he fulfilled a “boyhood dream” when he bought the Grade I listed property ten years ago.

The immaculate house boasts five bedrooms over three floors including two en-suites, a sitting room, study, kitchen, drawing room, library, a triple garage, wine cellar and an acre of luscious green garden.

Picturesque Estate agents Savills say the property is one of the very few Grade I listed houses in private ownership in the county.

It was once described by lauded architect Nikolaus Pevsner as “eminently picturesque in a watercolourist’s way”.

History buffs will be pleased to hear the home stands on a site that has been inhabited for more than 1,000 years.

Over this period of time, it was owned by Henry VIII, who granted it to his fourth wife, Anne of Cleves, as part of his divorce settlement in the 1500s.

Having moved permanently to London thanks to a glittering TV and radio career, Theakston said he bought Wings Place so he could “get away” from the capital.

But he admitted he was now in the “same position as the previous owner” and just “did not have time to use it anymore”.

The property is also blessed with the picturesque backdrop of the South Downs, which has become a conservation area since Theakston snapped the property up.

He told a national newspaper: “It’s been designated a national park.

“Anyone trying to build a new property there is on a hiding to nothing.

“I think it’s one of only two Tudor manor houses like this in East Sussex.

“They just aren’t making them anymore.”

The property has an abundance of alluring period features including solid oak carved double doors which open to a vaulted ‘guard room’.

The room functions as an entrance hall with flagstone floor overlooked by a towering timber framed roof.

Elsewhere brick chimneys, leaded light casement windows and original fireplaces make the property a once-in-a-lifetime pur¬ chase for anyone with £1.95 million to spare.

For further information on Wings Place, contact Sophie Wysock-Wright, head of residential at Savills Haywards Heath, on 01444 44600.

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7:19am Thu 22 May 14

gazzamagoo says...

In other words the career has taken a nose dive :)
In other words the career has taken a nose dive :) gazzamagoo
  • Score: 5

7:31am Thu 22 May 14

rogerthefish says...

A buying error I would have thought he's 6'5" so most probs got fed up with wacking his head.
A buying error I would have thought he's 6'5" so most probs got fed up with wacking his head. rogerthefish
  • Score: 6

9:34am Thu 22 May 14

NickBrt says...

He said " they're just not making them anymore" course not we're not Tudors any longer.
He said " they're just not making them anymore" course not we're not Tudors any longer. NickBrt
  • Score: 9

9:34am Thu 22 May 14

afterovid says...

The only thing this building is fit for is knocking down.
The only thing this building is fit for is knocking down. afterovid
  • Score: -33

10:10am Thu 22 May 14

matski_98 says...

NickBrt wrote:
He said " they're just not making them anymore" course not we're not Tudors any longer.
Yeah, that was the joke he was trying to make.
[quote][p][bold]NickBrt[/bold] wrote: He said " they're just not making them anymore" course not we're not Tudors any longer.[/p][/quote]Yeah, that was the joke he was trying to make. matski_98
  • Score: 7

10:16am Thu 22 May 14

TIMBURRY says...

gazzamagoo wrote:
In other words the career has taken a nose dive :)
Nice profit. Last sold 26 july 2001 for £800, 00
[quote][p][bold]gazzamagoo[/bold] wrote: In other words the career has taken a nose dive :)[/p][/quote]Nice profit. Last sold 26 july 2001 for £800, 00 TIMBURRY
  • Score: 5

10:47am Thu 22 May 14

The Real Phil says...

Nice looking house. Good to see a local boy made good. Lucky for him that he has all this free worldwide advertising for the property. 800k to 2 mil - has to be a lot of capital gains tax there!
Nice looking house. Good to see a local boy made good. Lucky for him that he has all this free worldwide advertising for the property. 800k to 2 mil - has to be a lot of capital gains tax there! The Real Phil
  • Score: 2

11:17am Thu 22 May 14

PorkyChopper says...

Needs money for a good solicitor? Just sayin' likes.
Needs money for a good solicitor? Just sayin' likes. PorkyChopper
  • Score: 2

1:15pm Thu 22 May 14

Number Six says...

Not surprised he doesn't want to live in Ditchling. Place is just permanent traffic jam
Not surprised he doesn't want to live in Ditchling. Place is just permanent traffic jam Number Six
  • Score: 11

2:51pm Thu 22 May 14

Patsyr says...

NickBrt wrote:
He said " they're just not making them anymore" course not we're not Tudors any longer.
No need to point that out, I think you missed the humour in that original statement. Its a joke silly.
[quote][p][bold]NickBrt[/bold] wrote: He said " they're just not making them anymore" course not we're not Tudors any longer.[/p][/quote]No need to point that out, I think you missed the humour in that original statement. Its a joke silly. Patsyr
  • Score: -4

3:23pm Thu 22 May 14

saveHOVE says...

Absolutely terrified of what kind of person is going to buy this house. Someone so ignorant, short of cash to do it right or plain ruthlessly greedy they just strip it out and do their worst - like a Grade 2 property I know about and reported to Enforcement this winter whose new owners got away with months and months of furtive strip-out into the back of vans.....without the neighbours either understanding or caring what was going on. Not one of them said a word about it. Just assumed all was correct, perhaps. Never assume.

I believe the time has come to require listed properties to have licensed owners who are prosecuted outright with no messing about if they touch these places without planning consent. Certainly rare Grade 1 properties like this distinctive one which is prominent in Ditchling...unmissab
le on a walk through it, should not be sold to anyone from abroad looking for somewhere to park money or swank with it. And there should be an historic properties licence for it requiring that the owner prove capacity to maintain it properly as an historic treasure.

i wish he wasn't selling it frankly.
Absolutely terrified of what kind of person is going to buy this house. Someone so ignorant, short of cash to do it right or plain ruthlessly greedy they just strip it out and do their worst - like a Grade 2 property I know about and reported to Enforcement this winter whose new owners got away with months and months of furtive strip-out into the back of vans.....without the neighbours either understanding or caring what was going on. Not one of them said a word about it. Just assumed all was correct, perhaps. Never assume. I believe the time has come to require listed properties to have licensed owners who are prosecuted outright with no messing about if they touch these places without planning consent. Certainly rare Grade 1 properties like this distinctive one which is prominent in Ditchling...unmissab le on a walk through it, should not be sold to anyone from abroad looking for somewhere to park money or swank with it. And there should be an historic properties licence for it requiring that the owner prove capacity to maintain it properly as an historic treasure. i wish he wasn't selling it frankly. saveHOVE
  • Score: 2

3:27pm Thu 22 May 14

saveHOVE says...

afterovid wrote:
The only thing this building is fit for is knocking down.
I note you give no reasoned argument to support your nihilistic position. Have you got one?
[quote][p][bold]afterovid[/bold] wrote: The only thing this building is fit for is knocking down.[/p][/quote]I note you give no reasoned argument to support your nihilistic position. Have you got one? saveHOVE
  • Score: 5

1:38am Fri 23 May 14

Mr chock says...

afterovid wrote:
The only thing this building is fit for is knocking down.
thats not the only thing Jamie was knocking .. http://www.dailymail
.co.uk/tvshowbiz/art
icle-97019/The-shami
ng-Jamie.html


i did think he was caught taking cocaine but i dont know . anyway
the house has a lot of history ..
http://www.britishli
stedbuildings.co.uk/
en-292860-anne-of-cl
eves-house-wings-pla
ce-ditchli/photos
i guess knocking it down is not an option just hope whoever buys it will have deep pockets Jamie clearly is moving on other comment on his career taking a nose dive .. ..interesting
[quote][p][bold]afterovid[/bold] wrote: The only thing this building is fit for is knocking down.[/p][/quote]thats not the only thing Jamie was knocking .. http://www.dailymail .co.uk/tvshowbiz/art icle-97019/The-shami ng-Jamie.html i did think he was caught taking cocaine but i dont know . anyway the house has a lot of history .. http://www.britishli stedbuildings.co.uk/ en-292860-anne-of-cl eves-house-wings-pla ce-ditchli/photos i guess knocking it down is not an option just hope whoever buys it will have deep pockets Jamie clearly is moving on other comment on his career taking a nose dive .. ..interesting Mr chock
  • Score: -2

9:17am Fri 23 May 14

BrighterStar says...

"Picturesque estate agents" Eh????
"Picturesque estate agents" Eh???? BrighterStar
  • Score: 3

7:48pm Fri 23 May 14

ARMANA says...

Never heard ov im, !!! nice house, !!
Never heard ov im, !!! nice house, !! ARMANA
  • Score: 0

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