Dacre Village near Ullswater

As you enter the village Dacre Castle comes into view. Edward 11 granted Lord Dacre the licence to build a fortified castle in 1307. The castle remained in the Dacre family until after the death of Lord Dacre, Earl of Sussex, who lived an extravagant life at Court having married an illegitimate daughter of Charles 11. The castle and extensive lands were purchased in 1715 from his Trustees by Sir Christopher Musgrave. Whose daughter Julia married Edward Hasell, when he transferred the Dacre lands to his son-in-law. Since that time the castle has remained part of the Dalemain Estates. The castle is a private house and is not open to the public.

The village has a delightful little church St Andrew that is very closely connected to the Hasell family. There are many family memorials inside, not least of which is a delightful window in the chancel engraved by Sir Lawrence Whistler, and dedicated to the memory of Mrs Sylvia McCosh of Dalemain. The new pipe organ is also dedicated to Mrs McCosh: before her death in 1991 she was instrumental in starting the campaign to replace the 19th century organ that had been removed in the 1970s. Following extensive fundraising the new organ was finally installed in 2002.  In the churchyard stand four stone bears one at each corner of the church.

The lock on the south door of the church is one of Lady Anne Clifford’s (note the ‘AP’ for Anne Pembroke). She made presents of locks to many people and properties in the area– all of which were made by Dent of Kirkby Stephen and this must be one of the largest. There is another Lady Anne Clifford lock on the front door of Dalemain, which was in fact in use until just a few years ago.

A further remnant of days gone by is the village’s 18th century coaching inn, The Horse & Farrier.

Main Image: Copyright Matthew Pemmott



NEW EVENT - THE LAKES CHILLI FESTIVAL 2014 - Sat 2nd & Sun 3rd Aug - 10am to 6pm both days

BRINGING THE HEAT BACK TO THE LAKES!

The Lakes Chilli Fest is back! Come and get involved with over 80 producers offering the tastiest & spiciest chilli products, real ale producers, first class entertainment and exciting challenges.

'A Carnival of food & fun at the North West's Biggest Chilli Festival.'

The fun starts at 10am & finishes at 6pm Saturday and Sunday.  FREE entry for Children under 16.  Dogs Welcome at the festival. Highlights include: International Street Food Area, ENTERTAINMENT with Live Bands, DJ's, Fully Licensed Bars bringing you real ales, ciders, cocktails & pimms. Free entry to Dalemain Gardens. A GREAT DAY OUT FOR ALL THE FAMILY!  We look forwarding to seeing you!

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WELCOME to Dalemain Mansion & Historic Gardens - Spring & Summer Opening times

The Historic House & Gardens officially opened for the Summer Season on Sunday 6th April 2014.  We are open Sunday to Thursday 10.30am to 5pm.  

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PENRITH REMEMBERS 1914 - 1918

Penrith Remembers Launches The Centenary Programme of the Commemoration of the World War 1 at Dalemain

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Dalemain Wins HHA/Christie's Prestigious Garden of the Year Award 2013

The charming English gardens of Dalemain, nestled in the Lake District, have won the 2013 Garden of the Year Award sponsored by the Historic Houses Association and Christie’s. This prestigious national award, now in its 29th year, is designed to recognise the importance of gardens with outstanding horticultural and public appeal, either in their own right or as the setting for an historic house.  

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Dalemain wins prestigious Heritage Award for best event 2012

Dalemain has been presented with a prestigious Hudson’s Heritage Award for Best Event 2012 - The World’s Original Marmalade Awards & Festival.

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