11.15am – 5pm
Booking not required, but please meet at the Minster at 11.15am to set off at 11.30am.
The Way of the Setts Anne Lister Pilgrimage is focused around central aspects of the life of Anne Lister (3rd April 1791 – 22nd September 1840). The holy site of the Parish Church (Halifax Minster); Shibden Hall; and the paths which Anne regularly walked between these two historic buildings. The basis of this pilgrimage is Anne’s strong and unwavering faith, which did not conflict with any aspect of her life, and took her back and forth, from her home at Shibden Hall to the parish church to worship.
The pilgrimage uses the analogy of the start point of the font in Anne’s life, for the beginning of your pilgrimage. It will take you to the high vistas overlooking some of the Halifax landmarks which include some of the same landmarks which Anne would have seen as she journeyed back and forth – vistas of the parish church; the Piece Hall; and Square Chapel, from high above the town. It will take you to her home at Shibden Hall, and through her land. Having knelt at the high altar on your return, to process your experiences and thoughts, the pilgrimage finally takes you to Anne’s ledger stone as the analogy for the final end to your day’s pilgrimage. There is the opportunity to then light a candle, and, if you would like, leave your thoughts or a message in the journal provided, to mark your completion of the pilgrimage.
Please be aware that the walk covers some difficult terrain, with some steep ascents and some difficult descents on the return journey.