Price of presenter’s historic Ditchling home falls

Wings Place, Ditchling ENGSUS00120131202175044
Wings Place, Ditchling ENGSUS00120131202175044

The asking price of television presenter Jamie Theakston’s home in Ditchling has dropped 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.

The upstairs rooms of Wings Place were used for secret Catholic services and there is a priest hole at the top of the stairs.

After the dissolution of the monasteries in 1537 the property, then called Ditchling Garden Manor, was surrendered to Henry VIII. The house was given to Anne of Cleves as part of her divorce settlement and was used by Thomas Cromwell.

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, three floors and an impressive vaulted entrance hall.