By Lucy Buglass
Ahead of new BBC drama Gentleman Jack, which airs this Sunday, we’ve got everything you need to know about the iconic estate.
Shibden Hall was the home of 19th century diarist Anne Lister, played by Surrane Jones in the new drama. A lot of the series is said to take place in the iconic Shibden Hall.
“I got to read bits of the diary and it said ‘I was sitting in my sitting room’ and then we got to actually film in the sitting room she was talking about,” Suranne said of filming in the hall.
“It was magical.”
Those of you from the West Yorkshire area may already be aware of the historic site, as it’s popular among school trips and sunny days out with the family.
During Anne's time here, she certainly leaves her mark on the historic home. She soon becomes a controversial figure in the business world, upsetting the status quo by entering a lesbian relationship with wealthy heiress Ann Walker.
The first episode of the series, sees Anne living back at the estate after having her heart broken by her lover, who has accepted a marriage proposal from a man. Her plans to restore the run-down estate provide her with a temporary fix to her heartbreak and fears of loneliness.
Meanwhile, servants and tenants of the estate have problems of their own, making for a great 1-hour drama.
The eight-part series is filmed in and around West Yorkshire, with particular focus on this 14th Century estate. A sheep farmer originally built Shibden Hall with the name deriving from ‘schepe dene’, meaning ‘valley of the sheep’.
With a series filmed there hitting our screens and sunny weather on the horizon, now seems like the perfect time to visit.
Admission to the Hall is £5 for and £4 for children, with concessions also available. A family ticket of 2 adults and 2 children costs £14, saving you money when you grab this bundle.
As well as being a historic house, there’s so much more to explore. There’s a folk museum next door where guests can learn about rural life. You can enjoy refreshments too of course, as there’s a well-stocked café on-site.
If all that isn’t enough, there’s 90 acres of park, a boating lake, a mini railway and a children’s play area to keep the whole family entertained.
The Hall also hosts a number of events throughout the year, including a Heritage Open Days, which offer free entry, and Half Term activities to keep children busy.
For more information about the Hall, including accessibility information, visit their website.
See you there!
The first episode of Gentleman Jack aired on BBC One at 9pm on Sunday (May 19). Catch up now via BBC iPlayer.
Lucy Buglass is a Digital Writer specialising in TV, film and lifestyle content and has written for What's On TV, GoodtoKnow and Whattowatch.com. She's passionate about entertainment and spends most of her free time watching Netflix series, BBC dramas, or going to the cinema to catch the latest film releases. In her spare time, she writes film and television reviews for JumpCut Online and her own blog, Lucy Goes To Hollywood.
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