Memorial service to be held for Lord Bolton

Bolton Castle.

A memorial service will take place tomorrow of Lord Bolton who has died aged 69.

Harry Algar Nigel Orde-Powlett passed away peacefully at his home from cancer while surrounded by his family.

Lord Bolton, known to many locally as just Harry, attended Eton, although was later expelled after he absconded to visit a girlfriend.

An amateur jump jockey and a pilot in his youth, Harry started farming at Mount Park in the 1970s.

He also opened a vintage aircraft business, though had a habit of crashing.

In 1986, Harry took on the running of Bolton Castle and oversaw major repair work following receipt of a £650,000 English Heritage grant.

In the 1990s, the land owner risked his life transporting aid supplies to victims of the wars in Bosnia, Rwanda and Croatia.

In 1994, he assumed responsibility for the Bolton grouse moors and undertook to restore where he undertook to restore the peat habitat, plant native broad-leaf trees in gullies and gills, support Defra’s hen harrier recovery plan and work with partners on curlew conservation.

In 2000, he accepted an English Nature award in recognition of his work on 5,000 acres of heather moorland, ash woodland and limestone grassland – habitats of bird species including golden plover, short-eared owl and merlin, as well as scarce plants such as narrow-leaved marsh orchid, spring sandwort and blue moor grass.

After inheriting the title on the death of his father in 2001, he improved tenanted properties on the estate and organised numerous successful charity fundraising events for causes ranging from the local parish church to the Princes Trust and British Heart Foundation.

In 2015, aged 61, he raised more than £50,000 by abseiling down three London skyscrapers – the Cheesegrater, the Walkie Talkie and the Gherkin – in one day

Lord Bolton’s first wife Philippa “Pip” Tapply died in 2016. He is survived by his second wife, Valerie, who he married in 2019, by his three sons, Tom, Ben and Nick, and eight grandchildren.

Lord Bolton’s memorial service will take place at Holy Trinity Church in Wensley on Friday, June 23 at 2pm.

For a full obituary visit the Telegraph here.