THE BCH ARCHIVE

LOCAL HISTORY FOR

BIRTSMORTON

CASTLEMORTON

HOLLYBUSH

And The Surrounding District

Dales Hall

Other names     Dale End, Dog Kennels, Hill Cottage, Hill Farm (1865 Railway Map). The track outside Dales Hall used to have a public Post Box and was known as Pipers Lane.


Origin of name     There is a Dales family in Castle Morton in the late 1500's, although there is nothing to tie them to this house. John Dale left a Will in 1595, but it only mentions household goods.


A Dale family Tree on Ancestry links this this family to Sir Thomas Dale who married Elizabeth Throckmorton, but there is no evidence to support this and I believe it is spurious. It also shows three earlier generations in Castlemorton than the John Dale below, but again there is no supporting for the earliest two. I have been able to verify that John Dale (c. 26 September 1563, br. 2 March 1594) was a Cowper (Dealer) or Cooper (depending on how you read it) and a Churchwarden; and his widow was buried 22 October 1597. They had four children: Ann (c. 6 April 1594), Ann (c, 20 June 1596), Joanne (c. 25 May 1602) and Thomas (c. 7 February 1604). Thomas was buried 21 December 1666 and had two children, Elizabeth and Margaret.


Date built     The house is extremely old and in many parts unmodernised. It is believed that the original house may have been on the footings of what is now the black barn. It was formerly 'a keeper's cottage in the wood' and Tim Cameron believes it could date back to before 1550. It sits alongside the King's Third, land originally part of the Royal Forest of Malvern Chace and returned to the commoners by King Charles I in 1632.  


     The original house just the part below the timbered gable and the outbuilding, and was extended about 1800-1820.


Dales Hall was the first house in the area to have a telephone when a line was specially brought over from Colwall.




In 1821, 1 November, coppicing and ash timber to be sold by auction at The Feathers Inn, Ledbury. Lot 12, Broom Hill coppice, about 13 acres.


In 1832, 16 February, To be let, desirable residence, for a genteel Family, called the Hill Cottage, consisting of 2 parlours, 6 good bed-rooms, kitchen, cellar, dairy, pantry, stables, barn, millhouse, and other necessary outbuildings. Together with a good garden and about 12 acres of meadowland part of which is planted with choice fruit trees, with a Right Common over Malvern Chase. The above premises are delightfully situated, and particularly healthy, commanding extensive picturesque views; and are within 4 miles of Ledbury, 4 of Great Malvern, 2 of Malvern Wells, and about 1 mile from the Turnpike Road leading from Ledbury to Worcester, along which road coaches pass daily .

For a view of the Premises apply to Mr. Wm. Dee, on the premises; and for further Information I. and R. Higgins, Solicitors, Ledbury, Herefordshire. N. B. The Premises are well supplied with Water, arising from the Springs Malvern Hill.


In 1832, 16 February. Castlemorton, to be let, desirable residence, called the Hill Cottage, consisting of 2 parlours, 6 good bed-rooms, kitchen, cellar, dairy, pantry, stables, barn, millhouse, and other necessary outbuildings. together with a good garden and about 12 acres of meadow land choice fruit trees, with a Right Common over Malvern Chase - above Premises are delightfully situated, and particularly healthy, commanding extensive picturesque views; and are within mile of Ledbury, 4 of Great Malvern, 2 of Malvern Wells and about 1 mile from the Turnpike Road leading from Ledbury to Worcester, along which Road Coaches pass daily. For a view of the Premises apply to Mr. Wm. Dee, on the Premises; and for further Information I. and R. Higgins, Solicitors, Ledbury, Herefordshire. N. B. The Premises are well supplied with Water, arising from the Springs Malvern Hill. To be let and may be entered upon immediately.  


In 1832, 1 November, by auction at The Feathers Ledbury, oak and ash coppicing. Lot 6, Broomy Hill, about 12 acres.


Birchley built a house to the south east of Shady Bank Common. As he had no permission, it had to be pulled down.


In 1838, 21 April. Eligible investment, very desirably situated within a mile of Malvern Wells, Worcestershire, be sold by auction by Joseph Bird, under the Deed of Conveyance and Assignment referred to in the under-mentioned notice, on Wednesday, the 2nd of May, 1838, at the Admiral Benbow Inn, in the parish of Malvern, in the said county of Worcester; - all that newly-erected and commodious brick-built residence, with an excellent walled garden, together with a barn, mill-house, stable, drink-house, and 11 Acres of rich and fertile pasture, arable Land, and orcharding, surrounding the same, now in the possession of Mr. Dee, the late proprietor thereof. The Estate commands very extensive views, and is entitled to an unlimited right common over Malvern Chase. Applications view the same may be made upon the premises and further particulars known by applying to Mr. William Reece, Solicitor, Ledbury, Herefordshire. Notice is hereby given, that Indentures of Conveyance and Assignment, bearing date 4th and 5th days of April, 1838, William Dee, of the Hill, in the parish Castlemorton, in the county of Worcester, Farmer, hath duly conveyed and assigned all his real and personal Estate and Effects a Trustee, upon Trust for the benefit of all the Creditors him, the said William Dee; and notice is hereby given, that the said Indentures were duly executed in the presence of, and are now lying at the offices of Mr. William Reece, Solicitor, Ledbury, for execution by the creditors the said William Dee; and such of his creditors as shall refuse or neglect to execute the same, assent thereto in writing, within three calendar months from the date thereof, will excluded all benefit arising therefrom.


In 1839, owned by William Dee and rented to Seth Webb, house and pasture, just over an acre. (Tithe No 92.)


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