Shibden Hall nestled quietly and without fanfare in the Shibden Valley for over 600 years, has been a draw for visitors since the 1930’s when the Hall, it’s grounds and Park were given to the people of Halifax. Today thanks to Gentleman Jack, it’s popularity as a visitor attraction has reached new extraordinary heights, becoming a mecca for people from all over the world to walk in the steps of its most famous owner Anne Lister.
Anne Lister and Ann Walker were notionally married in Holy Trinity Church, Goodramgate, York, now celebrated as the birthplace of lesbian marriage in Britain.
Just a few hundred yards from Holy Trinity Church, Goodramgate stands one of the largest cathedrals in Northern Europe. The York Minster, after centuries of extensive building work was completed in 1492; and is the Cathedral of York.
Built in the 15th century, Halifax Minster is the minster church of Halifax, Calderdale, West Yorkshire, England. The church is dedicated to St John the Baptist and was granted ‘Minster’ status in 2009. It houses the regimental colours of the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment from the Battle of Waterloo and the recently rediscovered tombstone of Anne Lister of Shibden Hall.
Once the home of local MP and philanthropist Edward Ackroyd, the Bankfield Museum was opened in 1887, and tells the story of Halifax and Calderdale, using its diverse collections of costume, art, toys, military history, jewellery and textiles from around the world. Since June 2022 the Bankfield has hosted a temporary world exclusive exhibition of costumes from Gentleman Jack.