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Gone With the Mill

Vivien Leigh’s retreat and final resting place for sale for £3.25 million

 

Actress Vivien Leigh bought Grade II listed Tickerage Mill at Blackboys in East Sussex on divorcing Laurence Olivier in 1961 for £20,000 (the equivalent of £398,000 or $628,000 or €560,000 today) and after her death from tuberculosis, her ashes were scattered on the millpond there in 1967. The property is now for sale along with a cottage, a mill building and 70.6 acres of land.

 

Gone With the Mill - Vivien Leigh - Tickerage Mill Estate, Tickerage Lane, Blackboys, East Sussex, United Kingdom, TN22 5LU
Tickerage Mill Estate, Tickerage Lane, Blackboys, East Sussex, United Kingdom, TN22 5LU
Gone With the Mill - Vivien Leigh - Tickerage Mill Estate, Tickerage Lane, Blackboys, East Sussex, United Kingdom, TN22 5LU
Viviven Leigh in a boat on Tickerage Mill pond

 

Purchased by advertising executive Ken Hoggins and his wife Honor for £2.17 million ($3.4 million, €3.1 million) in 2004 and subsequently renovated and remodeled, Tickerage Mill dates to the 17th century and includes a main house with 4,133 square foot of accommodation and five bedrooms. A 474 square foot, single-storey annexe cottage is currently used as an artist’s studio whilst a 1,218 square foot 2-bedroomed cottage also stands within the grounds.

 

Leigh used the house to entertain amongst others Princess Margaret, Sir John Gielgud and Winston Churchill and of her relationship with it, a friend, Radie Harris, once commented:

 

“Vivien fell in love with Tickerage at first sight. Her stamp was everywhere: in her utterly feminine blue bedroom and dressing room; her beautifully appointed drawing room with silver-framed photographs of friends; her collection of snuffboxes and Staffordshire and Spode china. But it was in the garden that she found her happiest moments and relaxation. No matter how late she went to bed, she was up at six in the morning, planting or replanting shrubs and flowers”.

 

Gone With the Mill - Vivien Leigh - Tickerage Mill Estate, Tickerage Lane, Blackboys, East Sussex, United Kingdom, TN22 5LU
The interior of the main house is decorated in simple yet stylish manner
Gone With the Mill - Vivien Leigh - Tickerage Mill Estate, Tickerage Lane, Blackboys, East Sussex, United Kingdom, TN22 5LU
This is a true rural idyll

 

Today, Tickerage Mill is decorated more neutrally but the beauty of its setting has been preserved. Of the estate, Honor Hoggins told the New York Times: “There is a fine piece of ancient woodland and the fields and the wildflower meadow are very beautiful, so it would be someone who appreciates the surroundings” when the house was first launched to the market in May 2014.

 

Tickerage Mill is offered as a whole for £3.25 million ($5.1 million, €4.6 million) or in three lots with the main house and 21.5 acres for £2.3 million ($3.6 million, €3.2 million) by Strutt & Parker.

 

 

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Comments

5 comments on “Gone With the Mill”

  1. I heard old Viv was a bit of a nymph! And poor old Olivier couldn’t keep it up?! And then there was good old Princes Margaret paying visits to the place! OG what more can I say.

  2. Those who don’t know the Olivier’s gorgeous mews house on Christchurch Street- where they lived in London – behind tall blue gates near the junction of Ormond Gate and Christchurch Street; should go and take a look………best seen from the pavement opposite

    They sold this pretty blue and white converted carriage house to Nicholas Mosely MC, FRSL, third Baron Ravensdale and seventh Baronet, whose ninety birthday it is tomorrow….a truly significant person

    He is also half brother of Max Mosely; so all most interesting and well worth a Google

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