Historic Pelham

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Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Two Interesting Photographs of Bolton Priory in Pelham Manor

Bolton Priory stands at 7 Priory Lane near the Parish of Christ the Redeemer. It is also known as “The Priory” and “Pelham Priory”. The Reverend Robert Bolton, who founded Christ Church in 1843, completed this towering Gothic Revival mansion with his sons in 1838. Bolton Priory is one of two Pelham residences listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was added to the Register on June 28, 1974. See National Register of Historic Places: New York – Westchester County (visited Oct. 3, 2006).

Bolton Priory also was added to the Westchester County Inventory of Historic Places on January 5, 1988 and to the New York Register of Historic Places on June 23, 1980. See Westchester County Web Site: Sites Listed on the Westchester County Inventory of Historic Places, The New York State Register of Historic Places, and the National Register of Historic Places as of January, 2004 (visited Oct. 3, 2006).

I have published to the Historic Pelham Blog numerous postings that deal with the fabulous history of the Bolton Priory and the family who built it. For examples, see:

July 28, 2006: Image of Bolton Priory in the Town of Pelham Published in an 1859 Treatise on Landscape Gardening

July 26, 2006: A Brief Account of Visits to Bolton Priory in the Early 1880s

July 5, 2006: Bricks Laid by Washington Irving and Ivy from Kenilworth Castle at the Bolton Priory in Pelham Manor

March 15, 2006: A Biography of Cornelius W. Bolton Published in 1899

March 1, 2006: 1909 Real Estate Advertisement Showing Bolton Priory

February 22, 2006: Doll Depicting Nanette Bolton in the Collection of The Office of The Historian of The Town of Pelham

December 7, 2005: The Sale and Subdivision of the Bolton Priory Estate in the 1950s

November 29, 2005: An Early, Interesting Photograph of Bolton Priory in the Village of Pelham Manor

September 21, 2005: The Nanette Bolton Memorial Chapel Building at Christ Church in Pelham Manor

Aug. 23, 2005: Society Scandal: The "Strange" Story of Mrs. Adele Livingston Stevens Who Acquired the Bolton Priory in Pelham Manor

Jul. 13, 2005: 11 Priory Lane: The Rose Cottage

Jun. 10, 2005: Pelham's Most Magnificent Wedding Gift: The Bolton Priory

May 3, 2005: Colonel Frederick Hobbes Allen, An Owner of Bolton Priory in Pelham Manor

April 7, 2005: Another Volume of William Jay Bolton's Sketches and Ruminations Located?

Apr. 4, 2005: Art and Poetry of William Jay Bolton of Bolton Priory in Pelham

See also Bell, Blake A., A Brief History of Bolton Priory in Pelham Manor, The Pelham Weekly, Vol. XIII, No., 16, Apr. 16, 2004, p. 8, col. 2,

Today's Historic Pelham Blog posting presents two possibly unique images of the Bolton Priory. Both are undated, but are contained in a scrapbook in the collections of The Office of The Historian of The Town of Pelham.

The first one (immediately below) shows the main entrance to the Priory above which, tradition says, author Washington Irving laid bricks to form the date the residence was constructed: 1838.

The second image (immediately below) is an interesting view of the Priory's formal gardens.

Though neither photograph is dated, they are contained within a scrapbook that was prepared in the 1950s.

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At 11:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This house was rented by Lord Northcliffe in 1917 when he was leading the British war Mission to the USA. He rented it to escape the summer heat of New York

At 12:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Being a decendent of the family Bolton I find your info most interesting
Knew about the priory from family
First time seeing these photos


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