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 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.Work out when and for how long to visit Bolling Hall and other Bradford attractions using our handy Bradford trip planner .
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When one thinks of interesting period houses to visit, Bolling Hall is not usually on most people's short-list, as it is not really well publicised. However on a visit to the hall while visiting relat... more »
Excellent museum; free entry; knowledgeable and friendly staff; excellent but dated video about Bradford and the changes that have taken place. Well worth a visit and an easy walk down hill back into ... more »
Bolling Hall is a real gem.Going back to the civil war and beyond it tells the history of the house and estate once the seat of 2 important families. The rooms are furnished to give an accurate taste ... more »
Excellent, free of charge museum. Loved the Civil War exhibition. Spoiler Probably the oldest building in Bradford ))
Such a great place to visit and learn about the history of Bradford. The rooms are all laid out beautifully so you get a real feel for the period. Although it's free, take some money to donate to keep it going. There's also a gift shop but it's cash only.
We visited on Sunday afternoon and we're enthralled. The Brown Visitor Signage was a bit confusing but we found the entrance after a while. The Hall was amazing with enough written information to keep us satisfied ( buying a guidebook might have been better though). lots of activities for younger visitors and the Guides were very enthusiastic and passionate about their workplace. This is a very large house with rooms, corridors and staircases going off in all directions. A very informative video depicting the history of Bradford was showing but at 70 mins duration we only watched part of it. Afterwards we crossed the road accessing the beautiful large parkland for our dogs to have a run and found a brilliant kids play park if your youngsters needed to let off steam or maybe take a picnic too. These facilities ( Bolling Hall and the park) are AMAZINGLY FREE !! A great day out for the school holidays.
Good visit for a rainy day! It goes from gloomy civil war era kitchens to glorious Georgian dining rooms.
Special place and so pleased I visited and it's free.
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