Bolton Hall

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Bolton Hall

North Riding

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Bolton Hall
Type: Country house
Grid reference: SE07548976
Location: 54°18’12"N, 1°53’9"W
Village: Preston-under-Scar
Built Late 17th century
For: Charles Paulet, 1st Duke of Bolton
Country house
Owned by: Lord Bolton

Bolton Hall is a country house near Preston-under-Scar in the North Riding of Yorkshire, in Lower Wensleydale, about three miles west of Leyburn.

The house was built in the late 17th century as a replacement for Bolton Castle, slighted after the Civil War, and was rebuilt after a fire in 1902.[1] It is a grade II listed building, as is an 18th-century folly tower in the grounds.[2]

It is built in three storeys of roughcast brick with ashlar dressing and a hipped slate roof. The layout is H-shaped with a central block of 5 bays and an overall frontage of 9 bays.[3]

In the 1960s the estate covered 12,000 acres, much of it moorland and woodland, and included Bolton Castle.[4]


The Bolton Estate belonged to the Scrope family from the Middle Ages, and was based on Bolton Castle. After the death in 1630 of Emanuel Scrope, 1st Earl of Sunderland, without any legitimate children, the estate was inherited by Mary, the eldest of his three illegitimate daughters. She married Charles Paulet, Marquess of Winchester.

Tower in grounds of Hall

Bolton Hall was originally built in 1678 for the Marquess, who in 1689 was elevated to be the first Duke of Bolton by a grateful King William III for his support in the Glorious Revolution. The estate passed down through five succeeding Dukes of Bolton to Harry Powlett, 6th Duke of Bolton, an admiral in the Royal Navy. The sixth Duke died without a male heir in 1794 and the dukedom became extinct, the Bolton estates devolving on his brother's natural daughter Jean Browne-Powlett. She married Thomas Orde, who in 1795 assumed the additional surname of Powlett and was a Tory politician. He served as Chief Secretary for Ireland and was ennobled in 1797 as Baron Bolton.

In 1902 the hall suffered a serious fire and was afterwards rebuilt.[5]

The hall today

The estate has since passed down to Harry Algar Nigel Orde-Powlett, 8th Baron Bolton, who inherited on his father's death.[6]

The current Baron resides at Bolton Hall, which was originally built in 1675. His residence in 2016 was Wensley Hall, Wensley, Leyburn. Bolton Castle is run by his son and daughter-in-law, Thomas and Katie Orde-Powlett.[7]

See also

Outside links

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  1. National Heritage List 1318591: Bolton Hall
  2. National Heritage List 1130866: 18th century folly tower at Bolton Hall
  3. Bolton Hall, Preston-under-Scar - British Listed Buildings
  4. "Obituaries: Lord Bolton". The Daily Telegraph. 11 August 2001. Retrieved 3 February 2013. 
  5. "Bolton Hall Destroyed". The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1889 - 1931). 17 October 1902. Retrieved 3 February 2012. 
  6. "My home is my castle". The Yorkshire Post. Retrieved 5 July 2018. 
  7. "Royal Invitation to Curlew Country - Curlew Country". 20 April 2018. Retrieved 5 July 2018.