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Shibden Hall, Halifax

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Shibden Hall is a Grade II* listed historic house located in a public park at Shibden, West Yorkshire, England.HistoryThe hall dates back to around 1420, when it was recorded as being inhabited by one William Otes. Prior to 1619, the estate was owned by the Savile and Waterhouse families. The three families' armorial symbols are recorded in a stone-mullioned 20-light window at the hall. The building has been extensively modified from its original design by generations of residents, although its Tudor half-timbered frontage remains its most recognisable feature.For three hundred years (c. 1615-1926) the Shibden estate was in the hands of the Lister family, wealthy mill-owners and cloth merchants, the most famous resident being Anne Lister (1791–1840), who became sole owner of the hall after the death of her aunt. She commissioned York architect John Harper and landscape gardener Samuel Gray in 1830 to make extensive improvements to the house and grounds. A gothic tower was added to the building for use as a library and the major features of the park created, including terraced gardens, rock gardens, cascades and a boating lake. A "Paisley shawl" garden designed for the terrace by Joshua Major was added in the 1850s. On Anne Lister's death in the Caucasus the estate passed to her lesbian lover, Ann Walker, who died insane in an asylum. Possession then returned to the Lister family, who donated it to Halifax Corporation.The estate became a public park in 1926 and the hall a museum in 1934. The park and gardens were restored between 2007 and 2008 with almost £3.9 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund and £1.2 million from Calderdale Council.
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  • My 12 year old & I were looking forward to visiting the hall then hiring a rowing boat or having a pitch & putt. Unfortunately the weather was awful but we had a great time having a look round the hal...  more »
  • Something for all the family here, very interesting historic house with interesting occupants! Staff are very helpful. The park is great for a walk, train ride or just a great climb in the children's ...  more »
  • A brilliant park with a nice cafe, a real train for children and a land train. The hall sits at the top of the steep park but there is gentle walk which you can take slowly - especially with little le...  more »
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  • We made a detour on a walking trip to visit here. Signage to the hall / Park could be better. Unfortunately when we arrived we were told the hall was closed due to filming. We asked if the cafe was still open and was told it closed four years ago. The member of staff we spoke to recommend the cafe in the park and this was good as was the park. The three star rating was based on the poor directions, the closure and no cafe. However if we were in the area again we would certainly plan another visit but phone to check opening beforehand.
  • Lovely park for all ages. Nice restaurant, good food. Plenty to do including visiting manor house.
  • A good day out with the family with plenty to see. Shibden Hall had lots to see and an interesting story line. Great value for money. The cafe at the bottom of the hill was also good and good value for money, just busy with families - proving it's an excellent place for all the family.
  • Fantastic house nice to see where Ann Lister lived
  • Fantastic little gem. Well worth a visit.

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