Discover more about the extraordinary Anne Lister, ‘Gentleman Jack’ of Shibden Hall; diarist, businesswoman, landowner, traveller and lesbian.
Image by Lookout Point
Explore Anne 'Gentleman Jack' Lister's Halifax
Many of the places Anne knew and frequented still exist today. You can follow in Anne Lister’s footsteps by visiting these Calderdale locations…
Gentleman Jack Filming Locations
After seeing the glorious countryside and stately buildings on your T.V, you’ll be asking yourself "Where was Gentleman Jack filmed"? Read on to find out!
The Secret Diaries of Anne Lister - Cracking the Crypthand Code
Read about Anne Lister’s ‘crypthand’ secret diary entries, how the code was broken and take a look in the pages of Anne’s diaries for yourself.
Places to Stay in Calderdale with the 'Gentleman Jack' Factor
Make your visit into a short break with one of our award-winning accommodations with the Gentleman Jack factor....
Anne Lister (1791 - 1840) of Shibden Hall, near Halifax, was a remarkable woman; a landowner, business woman, diarist, mountaineer, traveller and lesbian.
Throughout her life she kept diaries running to around five million words – three times the length of Samuel Pepys’.
According to her diary, Anne was tall, with a boyish figure. Her hair was arranged in tight curls on either side of her face. Anne chose to wear a black dress trimmed with a neck ruff, stout boots and in her black coat and round hat (rather than a feminine bonnet) she presented an unusual sight around Halifax. How she dressed and conducted herself led to her pejorative nickname “Gentleman Jack”.
Anne’s diary entries chronicle her daily life, including thoughts on the weather, social events, national events and her business interests. Approximately one sixth of the diaries are written in code. This clever combination of Greek letters and algebraic symbols, self-invented by Anne from her teenage years onwards, is referred to by Anne as her ‘crypt hand’
The crypt hand entries describe quite graphically Anne’s deepest emotions, her private affairs and relationships with a number of women, including the tactics she used for seduction. Anne Lister lived at Shibden Hall, which is located about 2 miles outside Halifax, from 1815 to her death in 1840. The estate produced income from its reserves of coal, water, stone and timber. In addition there was income from canal shares, turnpike road trusts, pew rents and rent from the farms and cottages on the estate. Anne fully took over management of the estate in 1836 after the death of her Father and Aunt and made great changes to both the Hall and Estate, adding to their size and grandeur.
Despite several relationships over the years, Anne was often left heartbroken, and continually searched for someone to live with her at Shibden Hall. In 1832 Anne met Ann Walker, a wealthy young woman who had inherited the nearby Crow Nest Estate. Their friendship developed rapidly, the two became lovers and Ann Walker came to live at Shibden Hall in 1834.
Anne Lister's story is being brought to our screens in a new eight part BBC production 'Gentleman Jack', starring Suranne Jones, written by Sally Wainwright and partially filmed on location at Shibden Hall.
Joining BAFTA award winner Suranne Jones (Doctor Foster, Save Me) as the remarkable Anne Lister will be Sophie Rundle (Bodyguard, Peaky Blinders) as Ann Walker. Gentleman Jack is a Lookout Point production for the BBC, co-produced with HBO. Gentleman Jack airs on HBO from April 22nd and on the BBC from 19th May.
Who Was Anne Lister, 'Gentleman Jack' of Shibden Hall?
Discover the Woman behind the Legend.
How to Get to Shibden Hall By Public Transport & Car
Information on how to get to Anne Lister’s Shibden Hall by public transport and car and wider information on how to get to Calderdale.
Two Day Gentleman Jack Adventure for Literary Lovers
The magnificent landscape of the Calder Valley in West Yorkshire has inspired generations of writers, including Gentleman Jack’s writer/director and Calderdale local Sally Wainwright.
Two Day Gentleman Jack Adventure for Heritage Lovers
We have a wealth of spectacular architecture and unique heritage buildings in our special corner of Yorkshire - here are a few ideas for a heritage-themed 48 hours in Calderdale.
There are no products matching the selection.