What a fantastic day we all had when we visited Shibden Hall in Halifax, home of Anne Lister, from the TV series Gentleman Jack.

Suranne Jones AKA Gentleman Jack

Shibden Hall dates back to 1420, the same age as Turton Tower and offers visitors a fascinating journey through the lives of the people who lived and worked there.

After lunch, we visited Cliffe Castle and in Keighley, home of Victorian millionaire and textile manufacturer, Henry Isaac Butterfield. The house was completed in the 1880s and funded by the Butterfield family’s industrial empire, which included; wool textile mills and a shipping business that took British goods to Europe, America and China.

Cliffe Castle

The visit included a curatorial tour around the house which included sparkling Victorian rooms and furniture, paintings and decorative art as well as the museum which houses special galleries dealing with; natural history, archaeology and social history, along with the internationally important display of stained glass by Morris and Co.