Pilgrimage To England

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Saturday, September 22, 2012 - 12:00am to Monday, October 1, 2012 - 2:00pm



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Bolling Family Association

England Tour 2012
An exciting itinerary is planned for a genealogy tour to England this September!  So mark your calendars for Sept. 22 – Oct. 1, 2012!  BFA members will get to explore and experience our British heritage, beginning in London.  We’ll visit All Hallows Church near the Tower of London, seeing the 1600’s church records of Robert Bolling (as well as his contemporary fellow parishioners George Washington & Benjamin Franklin).   We’ll tour the vibrant city of London, enjoy an Elizabethan banquet, and travel to Gravesend, the final resting place of Pocahontas. 
As we travel north to Yorkshire we’ll make a stop in Reading, outside of London.  Here we’ll tour the museum which houses a replica of the Bayeux Tapestry.  This ancient “document” relates the historically famous 1066 Battle of Hastings.  It’s an amazing tapestry, telling the story of the battle through beautifully woven-fabric pictures and words.
Once we arrive in Yorkshire Peter Algar (our BFA Board Member who lives just outside of Bradford) will guide us through his “backyard” area.  A very special experience awaits us, as Peter has arranged for the Towton Battlefield Society to perform their Reenactment of this very important and historic Bolling-family involved medieval battle to take place on the grounds of Bolling Hall during our visit!  Peter is also planning a paranormal ghost-walk tour at Bolling Hall one night for those interested.  And he will guide us in a grounds-walking tour at very site of the Towton Battle, followed by lunch at the Rockingham Arms Tavern. 
Through Peter’s extensive research we’ll also see the recently discovered BFA links in Yorkshire, as well as our traditional tour of Bolling Chapel in Bradford Cathedral, Chellow, the Ilkley Parish Church (burial place of Edward Bolling of Wheatley Hall and Chellow), and Calverley Church.  We’ll travel on to Barden Tower, a medieval hunting lodge, and have lunch that day at The Priest’s House before continuing on to Skipton Castle.  Northwest of Bradford we’ll visit more sites of great importance to BFA, and of particular interest to our Maryland cousins.  These include Chorley and Tarperley, and take in a visit to the Bronte Parsonage Museum, with lunch in the market village of Haworth.
Please fill out the BFA Tour Reservation Form inserted in this newsletter and return it with your deposit to Carol Bowlin Smith.   For more information please contact Carol by email or phone:  carol@shoppetravel.com    PH: (559) 824-2168. 
A registration form is available from the Events Link