Bolling Hall offers visitors a fascinating journey through the lives and times of the Bradford families for whom it provided a home over five hundred years. Situated just a mile from Bradford city centre and situated in a quiet, leafy garden, Bolling Hall was for many years the seat of two important land-owning families, the Bollings and the Tempests. With parts of the building dating from the Medieval, Bolling Hall is a rambling mixture of styles with every nook and cranny packed with history. During the Civil War the household supported the Royalist cause, and the house provided a stronghold during the 'siege of Bradford'.Bolling Hall is one of the most interesting historic houses in Yorkshire. Perched overlooking the city of Bradford - and now incongruously in the middle of a housing estate - Bolling Hall has a rich history. In fact the first known reference to the manor of Bolling was in the Doomsday Book compiled in 1086. The Bolling Hall Ghost The town of Bradford in 1642 was Puritan, and the people of Bradford wanted to be able to worship, and read the Bible as they saw fit. Sir Richard Tempest was a Royalist and believed that the King could rule as he saw fit, and this right was received from God. In December of 1642, the Royalist army gathered in Bradford, under the command of the Earl of Newcastle. The Earl stayed with Sir Richard Tempest at Bolling Hall. The Earl was angry, that despite having no defences, or army, Bradford had not yet fallen. That night he retired to bed, vowing that come morning, he would kill every man, woman and child. During the night he was woken by the sensation of his bedclothes being pulled from him. At the side of his bed stood the ghostly figure of a woman, wringing her hands and sobbing, Pity Poor Bradford. The Earl was shaken by what he had seen. The next day the Earl attacked Bradford, but only 10 deaths were recorded. The local newspaper 20 years ago offered a reward of £50, to anyone who would stay in the Hall overnight. It was never taken up. No one would be allowed to stay in the hall overnight now, to see if a ghostly figure of the sobbing woman would appear.
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