Jamie Theakston’s Tudor home in Ditchling goes down in price

Wings Place, Ditchling
Wings Place, Ditchling

The asking price of television presenter Jamie Theakston’s home in Ditchling has fallen from £2m to £1.85m.

The Grade I listed Tudor house has been on the market with Savills in Haywards Heath since early 2014 but has yet to sell.

Wings Place has been described as one of the best timber framed Tudor houses in the county.

It was first mentioned by name in 1095 as part of the Priory of St Pancras at Lewes.

After the dissolution of the monasteries in 1537 the last prior Robert surrendered the home, then called Ditchling Garden Manor, to Henry VIII.

The upstairs rooms of Wings Place were used for secret Catholic services and the priest hole at the top of the stairs was a hiding place for Roman Catholic priests when they were persecuted, from the reign of Elizabeth I.

The timber framed building has surprisingly high ceilings, according to Jamie Theakston, who is 6ft4 and has apparently never bumped his head.

Jamie, who grew up in Ditchling, is now working as a radio presenter on Heart FM and living full time in London with his young family. His parents still live in the village.

Wings Place has five bedrooms, two of them en suite, over three floors.

On the ground floor, there is a sitting room, library, study and drawing room, as well as the vaulted entrance hall.

The property was previously split into several homes until it was sold as one house in 1935. To see pictures of the interiors visit http://www.savills.co.uk/estate-agents/savills-haywards-heath.aspx