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The hall got off to a troubled start in the hands of the family of Stephen Franke, who lived there from 1591. Stephen's younger son William, a "spendthrift and wastrel", fathered an illegitimate

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daughter and later was fined in court for assaulting his own father and another local man.

History Society, which has published a fascinating book, Cottingley Hall and Its Families, written by Elizabeth Downsbrough.

´╗┐revolution From Bradford Telegraph and Argus

One of his tasks was to organise the raising of a regiment of Swiss volunteers to support an uprising to restore the French monarchy of King Louis XVIII, who was living in exile. Unfortunately he

studied first at Bradford Grammar School (to which he rode each day on Nike Free Flyknit 3.0 2015

William's courage was rewarded. In 1802 he was named chief secretary for Ireland and four years later he was made a Lord of the Treasury. He and his wife of 48 years ended their days gardening in

The "new" hall was built around the same time as Cottingley Manor after prominent Bradford businessman Arthur Harry Nike Free Rn Flyknit Wolf Grey Womens

Briggs Priestley Sons.

Elizabeth Downsbrough writes: "William's life was the stuff that movies are made of. The French Revolution was a time of great unrest; no one knew who their friend or enemies were. William was a

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He had it demolished and replaced by Cottingley Manor, in which he and his wife lived, and a new Cottingley Hall built as a wedding present for his only son Arthur.

what it is under any circumstances to be afraid'."

Another notable product of Cottingley Hall was John Gillies Priestley, elder son of Charles Henry Priestley and grandson of Briggs Priestley, MP for Bradford and head of worsted manufacturers

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was once known).

man without fear, and obviously had a strong nerve. In a letter he once wrote, I trust in God that for myself, as long as a drop of good old English blood shall run in my veins, I shall never know

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chose an unreliable accomplice in the "extravagant and pleasure loving" General Pichergru, the plans were discovered and the counter revolt failed.

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He was a star pupil, winning several awards for his studies. He was about to accept a job he had been offered as a geologist with a government survey in Australia when he was summoned to the

But while the old Nike Flyknit Free 4.0 Black Cottingley Hall is long gone, the memorable stories of some of the people who lived in it survive and are now being publicised thanks to the efforts of the Cottingley Village

more than 100 acres of agricultural land and a wood in 1913 from Asa Lingard (of the Bradford department store family).

Cottingley Hall has had its share of residents who have made their mark. Not the Cottingley Hall which is now a nursing home. That isn't the original Cottingley Hall (or Cottingley House, as it

retirement in Southampton, specialising in growing figs. He's remembered by a Nike Free Rn Flyknit Nordstrom

But perhaps the most fascinating character to emerge from what was then still known as Cottingley House was Richard Thornton, son of the family which occupied the hall from 1835 to 1852. He

Briggs, chairman of Briggella Mills in Little Horton, bought the old hall plus

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a donkey), then at Bingley, then at Bradford again, showing a particular interest in zoology, entomology and theLater he went to the Royal School of Mines in London, studying geology and minerology and working during the summer holidays in Cumberland lead mines.

William began his education at Bingley Grammar School, continued it at Oxford and completed it abroad, studying law at the University of Geneva in Switzerland and marrying a Swiss woman, a member

William joined the diplomatic service and through his Oxford friendship with Lord Grenville was invited to join the British Secret Service following the French Revolution.

monument in York Minster.

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In the 18th century the hall was childhood home of William Wickham, younger son of Henry Wickham and destined to become a sort of Cottingley Scarlet Pimpernel.

of an important Geneva banking family.

Eton and Oxford educated Gillies had a strong scientific bent, for which deep sea divers can be grateful. While working in collaboration with John Scott Haldane in 1906 he discovered the role that

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