Shibden Hall


A huge Out in the City contingent of 2 people braved cold, damp, misty and dreary weather to visit Shibden Hall in Halifax.

The building dates from 1420 and displays a mixture of styles but the interior is predominantly a rich dark wood. The house was used for some scenes in the recent TV programme “To walk Invisible” featuring the Bronte sisters and some costumes are on display.

At the back of the house a barn and workshops feature the work of a blacksmith, a wheelwright, a cooper and saddler. There is a reproduction of an apothecary and an old inn together with some impressive displays of old coaches including a hearse.

The hall will be closed for months from May for filming “Gentleman Jack” featuring the life of famous lesbian Ann Lister who left secret diaries of her life hidden in the house.

Those who had “lots of things to do” missed an excellent day out. The house is set in extensive grounds and another visit in better weather will be worthwhile.

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