Built in the early 1900s to replace the previous coaching inn which had welcomed wayfarers for at least 300 years. The snug of the old Sun Inn (commonly known as Nancy's) served as both court house and a rendezvous for poachers.
In Colonel Wickham's time it was common to threaten evil doers, "I'll send tha ovver Cottingley Moor," meaning "before the justice". Colonel Wickham sat in the upstairs room of the old Sun Inn, and had James Booth as his clerk. James lived and had his office at nearby Hill Top, the entrance of which was known as "Office Gate".
Bankfield, Gothic Mansion built in 1848, was formerly the residence of Wm. Murgatroyd Esq., Mayor of Bradford in 1854. It became the property of Henry Mason, Esq., and was enlarged in 1871. The last century has seen its change of use to an hotel and further extensions and modernisations.
See also: Cottingley Manor historic photo