Shibden Hall!

I really don’t know why it is taking me so long to do these posts. Maybe it’s the 1.5 million photos to sort through? Anyway, let’s move on to the primary reason for our stop in Halifax: a visit to Shibden Hall!

Preface: As Shibden Hall is closed for a bit in winter, we had planned our vacation to be in Halifax for opening day. You can’t buy tickets for Shibden; you just queue up on the day you want to visit. About a week prior to our departure date, I was made aware that Shibden had announced they were pushing back their opening date. HOLY SHIT, Y’ALL! I was devastated. In one of my Gentleman.Jack groups, someone told me to contact them, because surely they’d let us in. My American self thought this would NEVER happen, but I sent off an email. The next day I received a reply, saying that they would be happy to have someone meet us and give us a tour. O.M.G. So, not only were we going to Shibden, but it was going to be a private tour! YASSSSSSSSS!

So, we got off the train at Halifax (from our visit to York) and decided that we should hop in a cab and get over to Shibden so that we weren’t late. We had very little cash on us and the cab wiped us out (didn’t accept credit cards). It was maybe a 10 minute ride and we pulled up to FREAKING SHIBDEN HALL!!!!!!!

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Our guide met us in the parking lot and led us into the courtyard where we immediately lose our minds upon seeing where Suranne Jones as Anne Lister gayrushed into Shibden every week!!!!

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Our guide then led us inside. OMG!int_entrance

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The Lister lion!!!!!!!

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A is for Anne!

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L is for Lister!

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Living room

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Living room window with family crests

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Crests closeup

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Crests closeup

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Portrait of Aunt Anne

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Portrait of Anne Lister – Our tour guide said there are many portraits that are not on display as they have no idea who is pictured. She posited that they quite possibly have one of Ann Walker but they have no way of knowing

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Dining room where the Lister sisters sniped gloriously at each other

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Kitchen, though the tour guide said that they staged some of the kitchen somewhere else in the Hall

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View from the kitchen, through the back entrance, living room, and to the other end of the house, where the dining room and study are located

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Study, where Anne received her guests and rang her bell when she was done with them

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I believe this was a downstairs bedroom

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Let’s head upstairs, shall we?

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Upstairs catwalk – living room is to the right in this pic.

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View from other side of hallway

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Living room view from upstairs

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Study in turret that was constructed by Anne Lister

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Upstairs bedroom

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Upstairs bedroom 2

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This room was connected to Anne’s bedroom (through the door to the left).

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Porch chamber and library corridor

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Anne’s funeral hatchment

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Anne Lister’s bedroom!!!!! Our guide told us that it was too small to film in, so they recreated it on a set. She speculated that Anne wanted this bedroom even though it wasn’t the biggest, because it was light, bright, and had an excellent view.

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The view from Anne’s room – keep in mind that this was early March. In summer, it would be flower-filled and gorgeous.

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Shibden freaking Hall

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Barn behind Shibden (directly across courtyard from the back entrance of Shibden Hall)

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The Lister Chaise!!!!!!!!

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Shibden Hall is such a special place. You truly do feel a connection to Anne and the many other occupants of Shibden over the years. I can’t wait to visit again (and again and again)! I’ll cover the grounds and the Walker Pit (!!!!!!) in my next post.

 

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