A peel tower was built on the site during the reign of King Henry II. The old hall dates back to the 14th century, with wings added in the 16th century; the building has remained in the Hasell family since 1679 when it was acquired by Sir Edward Hasell, who had been steward to Lady Anne Clifford. In 1840 Edward and his wife Dorothea had a daughter who grew to be the writer Elizabeth Julia Hasell. The main frontage to the building was added in 1744.
The house benefits from an extensive garden which received the Garden of the Year Award, sponsored by the Historic Houses Association and Christie's, in 2013. Plants in the garden include a Greek fir which had been a gift from Joseph Banks, the botanist, in the 1840s.
The World's Original Marmalade Awards
Founded in 2005 the World's Original Marmalade Awards have become a huge event held in March each year at Dalemain. Entries are sent in from all over the world including Taiwan, Japan, Australia, and Lebanon. The event has raised thousands of pounds over the years for local charity the Hospice at Home Carlisle and North Lakeland.
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