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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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  • The volunteer guides give really interesting and humorous insights into all the generations that have inhabited this lovely Hall - the park is a great place for a stroll too  more »
  • Although the weather left much to be desired the hall and surrounding gardens were absolutely enthralling! From the tales of tumultuous times gone by to more relatable anecdotes of pre(and post)-indus...  more »
  • Spent the morning here with friends at this historic house,i was blown away with it, its amazing.the carved furniture was magnificient,the staff were very helpful opening a couple of the oak panels to...  more »
  • 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.
  • Its a nice park and boating lake, the chidrens play area is large and well maintained, theres shops to buy drinks and icecream. The road in is a bit of a bottle neck and roadrage is common place during the summer months.
  • Shibden Hall, is set in 37 hectares of the Shibden valley, is a six hundred year old medieval timber-framed manor house. This Grade II* Listed 15th century house is one of England’s oldest and was built in 1420, five years after the Battle of Agincourt. You can explore the inside and outer buildings sit in the main dining room and soak up the history that is all around you.
  • Fascinating
  • Nice historic day out