Dovenby Hall

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A lithograph of Dovenby Hall sketched in 1855.

Dovenby Hall is a Grade II listed country house in Dovenby, about 2 miles (3.2 km) north-west of Cockermouth, Cumbria, England. [1] The estate totals 115 acres (47 ha).


The Hall dates from 1154, during the reigns of King Stephen and Henry II, with three major extensions being made during its history. The oldest part of the building is a Peel tower. In the 16th Century, extensions were made, creating a north and south lodge on the estate. In the late 17th Century, further extensions were made to the rear of the Hall, including the creation of a kitchen, staff quarters and additional living rooms for the owners.

Restoration project[edit]

A modern extension and restoration project was completed in 2001. The project was funded by current owner Malcolm Wilson and the works carried out by Northern Developments. Part of the Hall's interior was converted into office space, and a new 5500m² car workshop was built on the estate. Other works carried out at the time included the creation of a new access road, and a lake. The extension and restoration received a Civic Trust Award and was officially opened by HRH Prince Charles, Prince of Wales. [2]


During its history it has served as a private residence (1154 - 1930), a mental institution (1930–1997), and, most recently, as the headquarters for M-Sport - Ford Motor Company's World Rally Championship team.

  • Private residence
    • Dolfin family (1154–1189 and 1216–1272)
    • Roger de Rolle (1272–1305)
    • Thomas Lucy (1305–1350)
    • Richard Kirkbride (1350–1398)
    • Nicholas Kirkbride (1398)
    • Lamplugh family (1398–1632)
      • Sir Thomas Lamplugh (1577–1632)
    • Molyne family (1665–1680)
    • Mary Goodman (1680–1704)
    • Robert Lamplugh (1736–1763)
    • Richard Lamplugh (1763–1764)
    • Elizabeth Faloner (1764–1768)
    • Elizabeth Irton (1768–1775)
    • Rev Thomas Lamplugh of Copgrove (1775–1783)
    • Peter Brougham Lamplugh (1783–1791)
    • Dykes family (1791–1930)
      • Frechville Hubert Ballantine Dykes (1920–1930)
  • Government ownership
    • Dovenby Hall Hospital (1930–1997)
  • Private ownership

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Coordinates: 54°41′08″N 3°24′20″W / 54.6856°N 3.4056°W / 54.6856; -3.4056