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Bolling Hall, Bradford
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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.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.
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  • one of the best museums I HAVE EVER VISITED a real history lesson wrapped up as day out ---I could easily spend a full day here and its free but I do recommened you make a donation towards the upkeep ...  more »
  • This attraction is free and very interesting. It was military stronghold back in the day. Beautiful furniture no ghosts were seen on my visit. Its a bit hard to find the sign says half mile then disap...  more »
  • It is great that Bradford Council see fit to maintain this historically important building for future generations. However, there is an air of neglect about it both inside and out. Surrounded by a hou...  more »
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  • Great fun..the up keep of the grounds is lovely and inside is stunning..
  • Friendly staff, interesting history, often overlooked by visitors to Bradford and locals alike!
  • Free and plenty to see, staff are very good
  • Well worth a couple of hours wandering around inside.
  • Lovely house and interesting museum. A credit to Bradford council.