Dovenby Hall has some ancient sections.
The pele tower is probably Norman, and it is said that it was built of
stone taken from the nearby Roman road.
Historically the house and estate were
owned and occupied by the Ballantyne Dykes family. It is said that a ghost
named the Grey Lady still occupies the premises. She is said to be a girl
who many years ago lived at the hall and wished to marry someone who was
considered unsuitable. She committed suicide when this was forbidden, and
still appears to haunt the place.
The house and estate were sold by
Colonel Hubert Trechville Ballantyne Dykes in 1928, and became a home for
the mentally handicapped, which closed in 1997. The estate was bought by
Malcolm Wilson, of rally sport fame, and converted into premises for
Dovenby village had a post office and
shop run by Mr and Mrs Benn which closed some time ago. There was also a
blacksmith's shop last run by Mr Jonty Carr.
As in the other villages there has been
considerable new house building in in the village during the last few
More information on the history of
Dovenby Hall is available on the M-Sport website here
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