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. 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.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.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 after being forced into an asylum. Possession then returned to the Lister family, who donated it to Halifax Corporation.
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  • Thanks Pauline for your wonderful tour of Shibden Hall, so much interesting information, you were an absolute delight. I highly recommend taking a tour, such an interesting property. Coming from Austr...  more »
  • Reasonably priced house visit with lovely grounds.knowledgeable staff who can explain what the various rooms were used for and how the objects were originally used.  more »
  • This is a great place to visit, with all of its multi-century history and, especially, if you are familiar with Anne Lister and her diary. Being able to see the places and objects she wrote about (and...  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.
  • What a hidden gem. Lovely old house and grounds, interesting history shared with us from Dodie, who was very knowledgeable and kind enough to tell the story of shibden Hall about the families. Well worth a visit.
  • Lovely place, enhanced by knowledgeable and friendly staff. Calderdale Council should be proud that they have such dedicated employees.
  • Lovely park for all ages. Nice restaurant, good food. Plenty to do including visiting manor house.
  • Good day out even let me take dog with me on the boat x

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