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The Anne Lister Story

Visit Shibden Hall and Halifax

This tour takes in the best of Halifax as well as exploring the life and times of Anne Lister.

With the new drama Gentleman Jack about the real life of lesbian landowner and diarist recently aired by the BBC and HBO – our tour aims to bring the story to life. The 8 part series is written by Sally Wainwright who also wrote Last Tango in Halifax and the popular drama Happy Valley.

We will start off by visiting Shibden Hall, where the series is based and which has been restored to how it would have been in 1832 when Anne Lister inherited the estate from her uncle.

But Anne Lister was no ordinary regency lady, she walked like man, wore black and breezed through high society. Unusual for a woman in that day and age, she travelled widely, was a mountaineer, and planned to marry a wealthy woman to turn around the fortiunes of her estate – which was against all the conventions of the age.

Shibden Hall dates back to the 1420’sand offers visitors a fascinating journey through the lives of the people who lived and worked there. It has an interesting mix of architectural styles reflecting its interesting and varied history.There is also an adjacent 17th century aisled barnand workshops displaying crafts such as coopers, blacksmiths and wheelwrights as well as an interesting carriage collection.

After a guided tour of the Hall we will have time to explore the wonderful grounds and garden.

We will then head into Halifax for lunch before exploring Halifax Minster, visiting the stunning Town Hall, a real study in Civic pride before visiting the recently re-opened, architectural masterpiece that is Halifax’s Piece Hall.

Please note that Shibden Hall is owned by Calderdale Council and is not open on Fridays. It is also closed for filming at some times so tours will be dependent on access (we will always check before confirming a booking). At weekends we may change the itinerary to visit Shobden in the afternoon as it only opens at 11am on Saturday and Sunday.

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