Anne Lister Discovery Break
Discover the real Gentleman Jack on a short breakT: 01422 240024
Lights, camera, action!
A new TV series about Anne Lister has been filmed at Shibden Hall in Halifax. The BBC HBO drama called ‘Gentleman Jack’ will be aired in 2019. It’s a period drama series written by Sally Wainwright who also wrote Last Tango in Halifax, Happy Valley, and Scott & Bailey amongst others.
Stay on our Anne Lister Discovery Break and see where Gentleman Jack was filmed. Unearth the true story of the diarist, landowner and socialite and her lesbian trysts.
From 2 March – 27 October 2019 you can enjoy our special Anne Lister Discovery Breaks:
- Welcome drink on arrival at Holdsworth House
- Overnight stay for two people in a House double or Twin room
- Entrance tickets to Shibden Hall for two adults (excludes transfers to Shibden Hall 3.5 miles from the hotel)
- £30 per person towards dinner in the Holdsworth House restaurant
- Full Yorkshire breakfast with locally sourced produce
- Free WIFI and FREE Car parking
- Rooms from £185 per night, Suites £205 based on two people sharing
Anne Lister – Gentleman Jack
Gentleman Jack was the nickname cowardly bestowed upon Anne Lister, who lived at and owned Shibden Hall in the early 1800s. Lister’s ‘masculine appearance’ and interest in women didn’t go amiss at the time. But it was only after her secret diary entries were decoded, decades after her death, that the full extent of Lister’s gay lifestyle and love interests came to light, which was considered a rather shocking discovery at the time.
Anne Lister (1791-1840) was a landowner, traveller, industrialist and student, and – some say – a social climber. Lister became posthumously famous for her diaries, which ran to more than 6600 pages and detailed almost every moment of her life. Lister was described as one of ‘a trilogy’ of early 19th century Halifax diarists, along with Caroline Walker and Elizabeth Wadsworth. Wadsworth lived and owned Holdsworth House at the same time that Anne Lister lived at Shibden Hall, and the crossovers in their daily lives and family acquaintances have been recently discovered.
Already one of Halifax’s most notable residents, Anne Lister is set to become even more famous thanks to the new TV drama, Gentleman Jack. Much of the series, starring Suranne Jones as Anne Lister, was filmed at Shibden Hall where Anne Lister lived with her aunt and uncle. As it’s part of Calderdale Museums, you can visit Shibden Hall, wander around the house and parkland. If you’ve read The Secret Diaries of Anne Lister you’ll recognise many of the places around Shibden Hall.
Shibden Hall makes a wonderful day trip out. It’s set in an expansive parkland with woodland, a miniature railway, boating lake, delightful cafe and walkways. It’s just over three miles from Holdsworth House and has parking on site.
Shibden Hall Opening Times 2019:
- Saturday and Sunday 11am to 5pm
- Monday to Thursday 10am to 5pm
- Closed Friday
Book the Anne Lister Discovery Break by calling 01422 240024 Terms and conditions: The break is for two adults including breakfast, £30 dinner allocation per person in the hotel restaurant, and two adult passes to Shibden Hall, excludes transfers. Subject to availability. Standard booking terms and conditions apply. N.B. Please check opening times with Shibden Hall direct by calling them on 01422 352246 or check their website before booking. Pictures courtesy of Calderdale Museums