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Bolling Hall
Bolling Hall, Bradford.jpg
The original front of Bolling Hall
Type Grade I listed house
Proprietor City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council
Main feature Grade I listed house
Other features Museum
Public access Yes
Museum Yes
Exhibition Yes
Country England
Region Yorkshire and the Humber
UK Grid square SE1731
Address Bowling Hall Road, Bradford, West Yorkshire
Postcode BD4 7LP
Parking Yes
Shop Yes
Website Website
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 1400s 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

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 eighteenth 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 seventeenth century but did not survive the twentieth-century rebuilding of the Chancel [1].

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