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Visit to Shibden Hall: A Joint Gaskell Society & Friends of Elizabeth Gaskell’s House Event
Wednesday 2nd May :Visit to Shibden Hall
Our Spring study tour this year is to the beautiful and historic Shibden Hall.
Set in the picturesque Shibden valley, a mile from Halifax, Shibden Hall dates back to 1420 and offers visitors a fascinating journey through the lives of the people who lived and worked here, including the noted diarist Anne Lister (1791 – 1840). Shibden Hall’s architecture is a mix of styles reflecting its interesting and varied history. The Hall is surrounded by the beautifully restored gardens and estate that forms Shibden Park
Discover a gem that is soon to have its very own BBC and HBO Drama. Created by Sally Wainwright, ‘Gentleman Jack’, the story of Anne Lister will be filmed this summer, and we have the chance to visit its historic location!
Shibden Hall has previously featured in the BBC drama To Walk Invisible, written and directed by Sally Wainwright, shown in December 2016. Costumes from this drama, along with originals from the period, are currently on display in the Literary Links exhibition, so our visit is timely!
The cost of the trip is £15 which includes coach fare, entrance fee and a guided tour. n.b. This is NOT a National Trust property, but owned by Calderdale Council
Coach pick-up points:-
10.00am – Queens Hotel, Macclesfield
10.30am – Knutsford Bus Station
11.00am – Chorlton Street Coach Station, Manchester
Bring your own packed lunch – there is a good hot drinks/snacks machine but no café. We can sit and eat in the gardens, weather permitting.
To book please send your name, address, phone no. and email, with a cheque for £15 made payable to The Gaskell Society, to:-
Pam Griffiths, 37, Buckingham Drive ,Knutsford, CHESHIRE WA16 8LH
We hope many members and Friends of E.G. House will join us on what is sure to be a fascinating and enjoyable visit.
Remember that you can book and pay at the Gaskell Society AGM at Cross St. Chapel on Saturday 14th April