By Ninder Kaur

 

Bolling Hall is celebrating 100 years since it opened its door to the public with a day of special events and activities next month.

 

The Council-owned manor, in East Bowling, which was first mentioned in the Domesday Book, is one of the oldest buildings in Bradford and parts of it have stood since the 14th century.

Bolling Hall

The Bolling family owned the site from around 1316, until the late 15th century when it was taken over by the Tempests until 1649. The estate then had various owners and tenants until it was presented to Bradford Council (then Bradford Corporation) in 1912.

 

Three years later, on 22 September 1915, it was opened as a museum. The local press at the time reported that thousands of people turned up on this first day, as well as 250 invited guests.

 

Bradford Council’s Museums and Galleries department is celebrating this centenary on Sunday 20 September. A number of events will be taking place to mark this special occasion. Visitors will be welcomed by historical re-enactors from the periods the manor was a private house and the chance to ‘meet’ characters who would have been around when it first opened to the public, during the First World War.

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There will be a funfair, living history demonstrations, light refreshments and costumed characters to look forward to.

 

Coun Susan Hinchcliffe, Executive Member for Education, Skills and Culture, said: “Bolling Hall plays a significant role in Bradford’s history, featuring in the Domesday Book and playing a role in the Civil War. We are proud to have it as one of our museums, which has given people an insight into the district’s rich history for a century.”

Paul Hodgson who has been a museum assistant at Bolling Hall for the past 15 years said: “We are really looking forward to welcoming people to the event to celebrate 100 years of Bolling Hall being open to the public as a museum.

“I am particularly looking forward to the medieval re-enactments and I’m sure the kids will have fun finding out about the people who lived in the building in the past, especially the knights. They can see some great  archery displays too.”