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
In July 1893 A celebration ocurred for Cottingley people for the wedding of the Duke of York and Princess Victoria Mary of Teck by Mr & Mrs H Mason in the grounds of Bankfield, with a selection of races for young and old, with tea for almost a thousand served and prizes given to successful race competitors. The Bingley Mission Band played selections of music in the afternoon and then for dancing in the evening
Bingley Chronicle February 1892 reported on a lecture given by Mr G Berry in the above club entitled "Commercial Union with our Colonies" to which there was a good attendance. Mr Whittaker (secretary) moved "that in the opinion of this meeting, in order to prevent our colonies from severing their connection with the mother country, it is imperatively necessary that we should grant them preference in British markets." This was seconded by Mr Brown and carried unanimously.
See also: Cottingley Manor historic photo