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  1. Lightcliffe Tower Open Days

    Halifax

    Lightcliffe Tower Open Days

    Starting 20th Jun 2021
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    2pm - 4pm

    The Friends of Friendless Churches ...

    2pm - 4pm

    The Friends of Friendless Churches and the Friends of St Matthew's Churchyard are opening Lightcliffe Tower to the public from 2 - 4 pm on our Working Party Sundays this summer 20th June, 18th July and 15th August to allow visitors to see inside the Tower and the memorials it contains, including Ann Walker's brass plaque.

    Due to restrictions visitors will only be able to go up a few steps but that will be enough to see the plaques that were rescued when the old church was demolished 70 years ago.

    You can read more about Ann Walker here.

  2. Anne Lister's Halifax: Mock Marriages & Effigy Burning

    Halifax

    Calderdale Heritage Walk: Anne Lister's Halifax; Mock Marriages & Effigy Burning

    Starting 7th Jul 2021
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    6pm The 1835 violent political contest in Halifax became known as the ‘window-breaking election’. Immediately after, ‘mock marriage’ announcemen...
    6pm The 1835 violent political contest in Halifax became known as the ‘window-breaking election’. Immediately after, ‘mock marriage’ announcements appeared in Yorkshire newspapers. Then in 1836, lurid tales reached Shibden of Anne Lister and Ann Walker being burnt in effigy down in Halifax. Who was behind these pointed public attacks ~ and why? A 2-hour circular early evening walk with short readings from Female Fortune. There are some steep steps. Sorry, no dogs. Guide: Jill Liddington We will use TicketSource https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/calderdale-heritage-walks which appears to be an easy site to use and, if we have to cancel a walk, will provide an automatic refund. The cost of most walks will be £4 inclusive of booking fee but a few are £5 because of extra expenses. The site will open for bookings on Friday 21st May. Groups will be between 16 and 22. Many of our walks start at 2pm and the details of where to meet, including a post code, will be on your ticket. These walks are not really suited to under 13s.
  3. Sophie Rundle as Ann Walker, Image by BBC Lookout Point

    Halifax

    Calderdale Heritage Walk: Ann Walker's Lightcliffe

    11th Jul 2021

    In 1830 Elizabeth & Ann Walker inherited much of Lightcliffe and became very wealthy. Within two years Ann had become the companion of Anne Lister....
    In 1830 Elizabeth & Ann Walker inherited much of Lightcliffe and became very wealthy. Within two years Ann had become the companion of Anne Lister. We walk round part of the estate passing where Ann lived. We finish in the churchyard where she is buried together with other members of her family, employees and tenants. The tower will be open with viewing restricted to the first 2 steps. This is a 2 hour circular walk, mainly on pavements with just a short walk across a footpath. Dogs on leads welcome. Guide: Ian Philp We will use TicketSource https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/calderdale-heritage-walks which appears to be an easy site to use and, if we have to cancel a walk, will provide an automatic refund. The cost of most walks will be £4 inclusive of booking fee but a few are £5 because of extra expenses. The site will open for bookings on Friday 21st May. Groups will be between 16 and 22. Many of our walks start at 2pm and the details of where to meet, including a post code, will be on your ticket. These walks are not really suited to under 13s.
  4. Anne Lister's Shibden: Her Private Face

    Halifax

    Calderdale Heritage Walk Anne Lister's Shibden: Her Private Face

    Starting 24th Jul 2021
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    Anne Lister returned forlorn to Shibden in 1832, betrayed by yet one more woman’s marriage plans. Then re-acquaintance with neighbouring heiress An...
    Anne Lister returned forlorn to Shibden in 1832, betrayed by yet one more woman’s marriage plans. Then re-acquaintance with neighbouring heiress Ann Walker changed her life ~ forever. Anne Lister deployed her considerable persuasive powers to enthral and seduce this wealthy young woman ~ all out of sight of prying eyes down in Halifax. A 4-hour walk, including a very steep climb up Old Bank. Includes short readings from Nature’s Domain. Please bring packed lunch & snacks. Walking shoes or boots are essential. Sorry no dogs. Bus back to Halifax. Please note that this walk will start at 11.30. Guide: Jill Liddington and Steve Crabtree We will use TicketSource https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/calderdale-heritage-walks which appears to be an easy site to use and, if we have to cancel a walk, will provide an automatic refund. The cost of most walks will be £4 inclusive of booking fee but a few are £5 because of extra expenses. The site will open for bookings on Friday 21st May. Groups will be between 16 and 22. Many of our walks start at 2pm and the details of where to meet, including a post code, will be on your ticket. These walks are not really suited to under 13s.
  5. Anne Lister's Shibden: Marriage, Mining & Money

    Halifax

    Calderdale Heritage Walk: Anne Lister's Shibden; Marriage, Mining & Money

    Starting 31st Jul 2021
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    After their ‘marriage’ in 1834, Ann Walker moved into Shibden. Anne Lister could now begin to realize her coal-mining ambitions. Walker Pit was sun...
    After their ‘marriage’ in 1834, Ann Walker moved into Shibden. Anne Lister could now begin to realize her coal-mining ambitions. Walker Pit was sunk in 1835, named in honour of Ann. And by 1836, Anne Lister’s grand plans to make Shibden look magnificent began to take shape. A 2½ hour circular afternoon walk, with one steep ascent. Walking shoes or boots are essential. Sorry no dogs. Guide: Jill Liddington We will use TicketSource https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/calderdale-heritage-walks which appears to be an easy site to use and, if we have to cancel a walk, will provide an automatic refund. The cost of most walks will be £4 inclusive of booking fee but a few are £5 because of extra expenses. The site will open for bookings on Friday 21st May. Groups will be between 16 and 22. Many of our walks start at 2pm and the details of where to meet, including a post code, will be on your ticket. These walks are not really suited to under 13s.
  6. Halifax Agricultural Show

    Halifax

    Halifax Agricultural Show 2021

    14th Aug 2021

    The Halifax Agricultural Show is the largest of its kind in the local region and offers something for everyone. Farm and domestic animals will ...
    The Halifax Agricultural Show is the largest of its kind in the local region and offers something for everyone. Farm and domestic animals will be shown, there's local produce, flowers, fruit & vegetables and crafts with entertainment such as showjumping, vintage vehicles, farmer's markets, stalls and demonstrations. The timetable of events and ticket prices will be confirmed closer to the date.

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