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Dingley Hall


Dingley Hall sits on a high ridge overlooking the Welland Valley. Walk down Church lane until you reach an ancient blue wooden door, in the wall on the left. Go through the door and follow the path until it brings you to the little church of All Saints. To the right of the path is Dingley Hall which was mainly constructed during the 17th century on the site of a former building of the Knights Hospitaller which dated from Norman times.

The Towered Gatehouse and the porch are among certain parts of the house which date from the Elizabethan period. It is interesting to note that, although so far from the sea, the Hall was the home for a time of one of England's greatest admirals of recent times, Admiral Lord Beatty. He gained fame during World War One and his wife Ethel was buried in the church in 1932.

The church dates mainly from the 15th century but on the south side of the chancel and the nave the arcades are Norman. The Griffin and Hungerford families, who resided at the Hall, are understandably well represented here and two brass tablets are memorials to the 8th and 9th Viscount Downe. 

A full history of the Hall and the village can be purchased in paperback or downloaded free:

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