Anne Lister of Shibden Hall: A Fascinating Story.

Join Pat Osborne as she shares the incredibly unique history of Anne Lister of Shibden Hall, most recently adapted for the BBC/HBO adaptation: Gentleman Jack.

Anne Lister supervised building work, dealt with tenants, the farming and developed coal mining on her land at Shibden Hall. Anne joined in local cultural and intellectual activities, becoming the first woman elected to Halifax Literary and Philosophical Society. Education was also important to her. Anne is described as of complex character, the first modern lesbian, and dressed entirely in black, and was known locally as ‘Gentleman Jack’. Anne had various liaisons until the last affair with wealthy Ann Walker of Lightcliffe from 1832, they ‘married’ in 1834, but this was not legally recognised.

John Lister from the Isle of Wight inherited Shibden and it was his son John (1847 – 1933) who found Anne’s 27 hidden diaries, deciphered the coding and duly shocked by Anne Lister’s intimate revelations. Anne’s diaries remain important social history records and are internationally renowned, they are now part of the Calderdale Libraries archive.

Pat will explore this fascinating story and the importance of this personal history to the people of Calderdale. Join Pat in the delightful heritage surroundings of Rastrick Library


Rastrick Library


Wednesday 9th Oct 2019