It was a lovely sunny afternoon when I met up with Ellie and Jason’s for their Pre Wedding Shoot Dallam Park. The couple had brought their lovely labrador Marley too. I am looking forward to sharing their wedding day in 4 weeks time. As a Cumbria wedding photographer I love doing pre wedding shoots.
Dallam Tower has an 18th-century deer park of 75 hectares with 10 hectares of woodland. Other features include a natural rock garden and a water garden. There are also three hectares of 19th- to 20th-century ornamental gardens.
Dallam Tower has a deer park which dates from the 18th century but probably has earlier origins. There is a plan of 1614 showing a house with formal gardens on the east and west sides. Further ornamental features were added during the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Dallam Tower was originally a pele tower which was created in about 1375. The tower was demolished between 1720 to 1723 and replaced with the present house.
Parkland extends on the north, east and south sides of the Tower and gardens. To the north a curve of the River Bela is included within the park, the area having been imparked between the time of the 1857 and 1920 OS maps. Another curving stretch of the river is included within the park on the south-east side of the site, and this is shown on the 1733 map. The rolling land rises to a high point c 500m south-east of the Tower where there is a circular earthwork, the remains of a medieval fortification (SM CU149), from which extensive views can be obtained in all directions. An eyecatcher called St Anthony’s Tower is visible on top of a hill beyond Milnthorpe, c 1.5km to the north-east. To the north-west there are views of the Kent estuary. Both the C18 maps show the earthwork planted with trees and plantations along the banks of the Bela; these survive in fragmentary form, particularly in the area immediately east of the earthwork which is shown as a rectangular plantation on the 1733 map. The park is planted with scattered trees including some large mature specimens. Some 600m south-east of the Tower there is a deer shelter called the Buck House which is shown on the 1799 map but not that of 1733.
The park is used for pasture and supports a herd of fallow deer