Caption for Bolton-on-Swale, Village 1913
This village was built around an ancient defence tower, later rebuilt into Bolton Old Hall. In 1603 two residents, John and Kit Wright, were part of the Gunpowder Plot with Guy Fawkes. Nearby is Kiplin Hall, built in 1620 for George Calvert, later Lord Baltimore and founder of the State of Maryland, USA. Here we see Cloister House on the left, opposite the old village pump. The parish church of St Mary has been much altered over the years, but its origins lie in the 11th century. In the graveyard is a monument dated 1743 in memory of village resident Henry Jenkins, who died in 1670 aged 169. His secret of long life was a daily swim in the Swale up to the age of 100.