The home of the late great Spike Milligan is back on the market
Milligan lived in Carpenters Meadow, a house designed in the 60s by architect C P McLaughlin, in the final years of his life (from 1988 and 2002) with his third wife Shelagh Sinclair.
After his death she sold the place, bought a smaller home and then, to the dismay of Milligan’s six children, flogged much of the memorabilia he had collected during his long career as a writer, actor, musician, and comedian.
The kids hit back by contesting Milligan’s will in favour of an earlier version that left them a share of Carpenters Meadow, but they were unsuccessful.
Terence Alan Patrick Seán Milligan died from liver disease at the age of 83, on 27 February 2002. He quipped before his death that he was glad his old friend Harry Secombe had died first because “I didn’t want him to sing at my funeral.”
He was buried at Winchelsea, East Sussex. His coffin was draped with an Irish flag and his headstone famously reads, in Gaelic because he wasn’t allowed put it in English: “Dúirt mé leat go raibh mé breoite” ( “I told you I was ill.”)
He described Carpenters Meadow, as “the ugliest house in the world,” “bloody awful” and had an alternative nameplate made for it called “The Blind Architect”.
In 1991 he appeared on Room 101 and told host Paul Merton: “When I saw a photograph, I said to the estate agent, ‘It looks as if it’s made from white stone.’ He said, ‘Yes, it is.’ “But it isn’t. It’s built from concrete blocks. It’s all blank, blank, blank. That’s why I hate it: because I own it.”
Asked by Merton if there was something he could do to improve his home, Milligan added thoughtfully: “You could set fire to it.”
This is not Savills’ view of the place: “a substantial property of excellent proportions which occupies an enviable elevated position.” Offers in Excess of £1,475,000 … those planning improvements are advised to being your own matches.