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BRADLEY HALL

BRADLEY HALL, a farm-house, in the township of Stainland, and parish of Halifax, liberty of Wakefield; 6½ miles S. of Halifax.

This Hall was once the seat of the Savilles, the principal part of which appears to have been burnt down in 1629; over the gateway are the figures 1577, and the letters I.S. John Saville; the Chapel annexed to it, was pulled down in the time of the civil wars. This "Chapel being re edified," says Mr. Watson, "serves the tenant for a barn; most of the tower also remains, and the whole has the appearance of a church, to such as are travelling between Eland and Ripponden." --Watson's History of Halifax.

At this place was born in 1549, Sir Henry Saville, a man of considerable abilities and extensive learning. His works are uncommonly numerous; and he left behind him several MSS. some of which are now in the Bodleian Library.

[Description(s) edited from various 19th century sources by Colin Hinson © 2013]