Please send your recollection of what life was like in Dovenby. Even the period before Msport closed Dovenby Hall grounds to villager. Especially if you or someone remember the patients who used to walk around the village. You may know someone who worked at the hospital so let us have their memories.
We don’t last forever and the huge changes since 1998 mean that half the villagers will not know what Dovenby used to be. Some may not care, but for the future generations who will wonder what happened to the old rural tranquil village, we owe it to them to record what life was like.
Wikipedia page about Dovenby Hall
A professionally produced detailed appraisal of Dovenby history was done by Mott MacDonald as part of the Environmental Impact Assessment for the latest Msport development.
View Historic Environment Technical Appendix it on the
Allerdale website (WARNING they will take a long time to load 150 pages !)
Historic Environment pages 1 - 90
Historic Environment pages 91 - 150
Historic Environment pages 151 - 231