The settlement of Bradley was first recorded in the 12th century. Since the medieval ages it has centred on the manor house, Bradley Hall. This house has a colourful history. Today it has some interesting ruins, which you can have a look at while on the Farm Trail.
In 1431 a licence to crenellate the house was granted to the Eures of Witton Castle. Later, Bradley Hall passed to the Tempests, a Catholic family who fell out of favour when they rebelled against Queen Elizabeth I in the Northern Uprising of 1569. After the rebellion was quashed the house was granted to Sir George Bowes, a knight and supporter of the Queen. He transformed it into a Tudor mansion as detailed in the 1794 etching shown. This etching suggests something of the grand façade, imposing staircases and formal gardens that he created.
Over the next 250 years Bradley Hall passed down through several generations of the Bowes family, who eventually sold it in 1855. During that time, it was remodelled again into the existing farmhouse. Today it is the centre of our farming activities.