Dragons’ Den’s Hilary Devey’s links to luxurious hall near Burton

Former Dragons’ Den star Hilary Devey who has died aged 65 had a big connection to Burton thanks to her magnificent home. The TV star died on Saturday, June 11, after a long illness, at her home in Morocco her publicist Benjamin Webb has said. And the former Dragon has links to the Burton area for around 2005 the Pall-Ex owner snapped up the Edward VII wing at stunning Rangemore Hall, near Burton, reportedly beating former Take That singer Robbie Williams , who was born in nearby Stoke, to the sought-after property.

Built in the 1850s, the impressive hall has important connections to King Edward VII. The owner at the time, Lord Burton, reconstructed the property and added the Edward VII south wing in 1898-1901 for a visit from King Edward VII in 1902. The highest member of the royal family then visited again in 1907.

TOP STORY: Incident closes Swadlincote park Following her purchase, Mrs Devey joined BBC Two programme Dragons’ Den in 2011 leaving in 2012, going on to present Channel 4’s The Intern. In 2013 she was made a CBE, honoured for a career in business and for her charitable work.

She sold her Rangemore Hall wing in 2015 for a GBP2.2 million price tag, it was reported. The multi-millionaire founded the freight distribution business Pall-Ex, after selling her home and car in the 1990s to finance it. Her charity work included her position as vice-president of the Carers Trust and she was also a patron of the Stroke Association, having herself suffered a stroke in 2009.

She also appeared in The Business Inspector on Channel 5. Describing being made a CBE for services to the transport industry and to charity, she said at the time: “In every sense of the word, this is a great honour and I am equally flattered and flabbergasted. “It is wonderful to receive such recognition, but this should be less about me, and more about the charities that I support and the amazing transport sector in which I am privileged to work.

So I dedicate my honour to the Carers Trust, the Stroke Association, and Fresh Start – New Beginnings, and the other charities that I have tried to support, as well as to the lorry drivers, forklift truck drivers and everyone else who works in the logistics sector: the unsung heroes of British industry.”

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