Shibden Hall to reopen to the public after filming for BBC drama

Filming taking place at Shibden Hall
Filming taking place at Shibden Hall

The historic Shibden hall will be reopening to visitors as filming for the BBC drama Gentleman Jack finishes for the summer

The historic hall has been closed to the public since Monday May 14 while filming has been taking place for the new BBC and HBO drama series, starring Suranne Jones as Anne Lister.

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Written by Sally Wainwright, 'Gentleman Jack' will explore Anne’s life and those who lived at Shibden Hall and the estate.

Filming will continue from September, but Shibden Hall and grounds will be open as usual from July 24 during the school summer holidays.

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Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhood Services, Councillor Susan Press, said: “It’s been so exciting to see the snapshots of filming for the new ‘Gentleman Jack’ series, I’m sure it will be a huge hit and result in a significant increase of visitors to Shibden Hall.

“This period of opening during the school holidays offers the chance to visit before the series hits our TV screens and the whole country discovers this Calderdale gem.”

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In addition to the fascinating features of the hall and grounds, there is also a special exhibition during the summer opening period, featuring the costumes from the recent Brontë TV drama ‘To Walk Invisible’, also written by Sally Wainwright.

The ‘Literary Links’ exhibition will also feature original clothing and textiles from the Brontë period and links to other literary characters from the region and Shibden’s literary past.

Shibden Hall opens Monday to Thursday from 10am to 5pm and Saturday and Sunday from 11am until 5pm.