Bolling Hall, Bradford

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Bolling Hall
Bolling Hall, Bradford.jpg
The original front of Bolling Hall
TypeGrade I listed house
ProprietorCity of Bradford Metropolitan District Council
Main featureGrade I listed house
Other featuresMuseum
Public accessYes
MuseumYes
ExhibitionYes
CountryEngland
RegionYorkshire and the Humber
UK Grid squareSE1731
AddressBowling Hall Road, Bradford, West Yorkshire
PostcodeBD4 7LP
ParkingYes
ShopYes
WebsiteWebsite
53°46′44″N 1°44′19″W / 53.77889°N 1.73861°W / 53.77889; -1.73861Coordinates: 53°46′44″N 1°44′19″W / 53.77889°N 1.73861°W / 53.77889; -1.73861
 
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Bolling Hall
Bolling Hall, Bradford.jpg
The original front of Bolling Hall
TypeGrade I listed house
ProprietorCity of Bradford Metropolitan District Council
Main featureGrade I listed house
Other featuresMuseum
Public accessYes
MuseumYes
ExhibitionYes
CountryEngland
RegionYorkshire and the Humber
UK Grid squareSE1731
AddressBowling Hall Road, Bradford, West Yorkshire
PostcodeBD4 7LP
ParkingYes
ShopYes
WebsiteWebsite
53°46′44″N 1°44′19″W / 53.77889°N 1.73861°W / 53.77889; -1.73861Coordinates: 53°46′44″N 1°44′19″W / 53.77889°N 1.73861°W / 53.77889; -1.73861

Bolling Hall is one of the oldest buildings in Bradford, West Yorkshire, England. It is currently used as a museum and education centre. The building is about a mile from the centre of Bradford. Its surroundings are suburban in character.

Before the Industrial Revolution, Bradford was a small town and difficult to defend as it lay in a basin. However, Bolling Hall occupies a commanding position on a hillside. The earliest part of this building, dating from the 14th century, has been interpreted as a pele tower, although Bradford is somewhat outside the typical geographical area for these defensive structures.

The Manor of Bolling (Bollinc) is first mentioned in Domesday Book and was at that time in the possession of a man named Sindi. The manor then came under the control of Ilbert de Lacy. By 1316 the manor was owned by William Bolling, and Bollings owned the estate until the late 15th century when control went to the Tempests who held the estate until 1649. The estate changed hands several times thereafter until eventually it was let to several tenants until being presented to Bradford Corporation in 1912. It was opened as a museum three years later.

The kitchen of Bolling Hall
Bolling Hall

During the second siege of Bradford in 1643, during the English Civil War, the house was a Royalist base. On this occasion the Royalists took the town, which had strong Parliamentarian sympathies, and it was thought that the victors would put the inhabitants to the sword. There is a legend that a ghost appeared in the bedroom where the Royalist commander Earl of Newcastle was staying to tell him to "Pity poor Bradford". There is usually material on display relating to the English Civil War including a death mask of Oliver Cromwell. In the 18th century parts of the house were modernised by the architect John Carr, following a fire.

The Bolling chapel at Bradford parish church, now Bradford Cathedral, was restored by the Tempest family in the 17th century but did not survive the twentieth-century rebuilding of the Chancel.[1]

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  1. ^ "A Brief History of Bradford Cathedral". Bradford Cathedral. Retrieved 26 May 2010. 

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