Graded locations

Listed buildings are graded in each location in this blog. Eg. Grade I, II* II of grade I is of most importance. Grade A relates to Scotland. See BLB

Friday, 2 May 2014


This place is OLD very... OLD!!

Bolling Hall was first mentioned in the medieval period 1086 additional editions were added in the Plantagenet Era (pre-Tudor) it is one of the oldest buildings in the area.

Name: Bolling Hall Museum
Locality: Bolling Hall Rd Bradford, West Yorkshire BD4 7LP
Built: Oldest part medieval, newest part 12th century
Owner: Bradford Council 
Grade I

You can get into Bolling hall for FREE in the daylight hours, it's usually quiet if you pick your times, I had the whole place to myself one day, I was able to amble around at my own leisure. So why pay £55 to walk around in the dark with a load of strangers going ooooahhh what was that...? Doesn't make sense to me...but that's just me... Oh I forgot, ghosts only come out at night (not that I believe in them)

Images from my recent visit.

Bolling Hall, Bradford

Bolling Hall, Bradford

Bolling Hall, Bradford

Bolling Hall, Bradford

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.

Bolling Hall, Bradford

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

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. (Wiki)

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Telegraph and Argus

Ghost at Bolling Hall, Bradford
Staring out from behind a bed post, surrounded by a yellow glow, is the tiny, pale face of what appears to be a young woman. But is she actually a phantom?
Looks like a kid photobombing to me ;)