Bolling Hall, Bradford

Has been described as a Certain Pele Tower

There are major building remains

NameBolling Hall, Bradford
Alternative NamesBowling Hall
Historic CountryYorkshire
Modern AuthorityBradford
1974 AuthorityWest Yorkshire
Civil ParishBradford

A large hall, the most substantial surviving in Bradford. It' is also the earliest in structural origin being an enlargement on the basis of 2 medieval probably C14 towers. Sandstone and gritstone rubble. The towers with parapet copings and stone slate roofs. The main south front between the towers is mid C17, circa 1660 and has a remarkable variety of fenestration and motifes: cross mullioned windows, semi-circular and circular mullioned windows, 2 canted bays through 2-storeys of 8 lights and a vast hall window of 5 plus 5 lights with 2 transoms. Rising from the lintel of the hall window is a 3 light semi-circular window and 3 light ogee window, above this there is also a Victorian canted bay window next to the right hand tower. The rear elevation has projecting wings, the west one is the only ashlar faced part of the hall and has plain mullioned windows but there is a probably reset medieval window of 3 ogee headed lights on the top floor. The east wing has mullioned and transomed windows. Inside the hall has an C18 ceiling and a gallery to the rear. One room on the first floor retains lively original plasterwork consisting of broad bands foliage and birds contained between them. (Listed Building Report)

Not scheduled

This is a Grade 1 listed building protected by law

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Guide Books

  • WYAS, 1988, Historic Houses of West Yorkshire: Bolling Hall, Bradford


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