Wedding bells at Shibden Hall

Shibden Hall
Shibden Hall
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One of Calderdale’s most historic visitor attractions could soon be echoing to the sounds of “Here Comes the Bride”.

The council now has planning permission to use 600-year-old Shibden Hall for wedding ceremonies although it is still to obtain a licence.

The venue usually attracts more than 20,000 visitors a year and it is unclear at this stage how access to the building will be affected by matrimonial events.

Also the costs involved in getting spliced at the hall and other details are still being worked on, said a Calderdale Council spokeswoman.

Shibden Hall and the surrounding parkland were opened to the public in 1926 by the Prince of Wales - later Edward V111.

In December 2005, a grant of £4 million from the National Lottery Heritage Fund made it possible to restore the park to its appearance in the early 1800s.

To cut running costs, councillors recently decided to close the hall during the mid winter period and reduce opening hours in the autumn and the rest of winter. In addition, they agreed that the loss-making Shibden Hall cafe must close.

The 90-acre park with its boating lake, minature railway and swings is often used for wedding phtographs and The Mereside Centre has become a popular venue for wedding receptions.

One of the most notable residents of Shibden was the lesbian diarist, Ann Lister, in the early 1800s.