Shibden Hall Historic home and museum
Shibden hall is situated just one mile from Halifax in West Yorkshire. The building dates from 1420 and has been added on by subsequent owners. The hall sits in 37 hectares of rolling grass land and features a boating lake, Miniature railway and various other activities like pitch and put a well laid out swings and slides. As I was pushed for time I will be going back for more pictures later this year.
We arrive at the visitor car park
The view as we approach
Stables and courtyard
A bit of a trail
A notice board informed us that the trail is called Cunnery wood. The tunnel was built on the instructions of Anne Lister one of the previous owners. Although a very romantic setting it was built to bring water from the adjacent Cunnery woods to supply the waterfall and ponds which are on a lower level.
Old stone trough
Walking back towards the hall
One for the Romantics
Spit roast ?
The gravity of the situation
One of the neatest things I saw was this weighted spit roaster. The weight is hauled up and then by a series of gears the power is transmitted to the the spit roaster to give a constant power feed to turn the meat in an even manner. Neat
Old cooking hearth
Old earthen wear pots
Unique old stone fireplace
The light conditions were pretty bad. Being there is of course a different feeling as the environment feels very authentic. When the building was constructed I suppose the original lighting would of been oil lamps. Part of the hall was shut today which was a big disappointment. It is many years since I have been but I know the old courtyard has stables and a blacksmith and a tonne of other stuff. The entry fee was half price due to the other half being shut so a trip back is on the cards. Going to need a pretty powerful camera as well to illuminate the gloom.
Traditional sewing tools
Ornate carved table legs
Nice bit of furniture
Stairway to upper floor
Well I did not know the Hall had a famous lodger. Apparently in 1937 the queen stayed at Shibden Hall. I think he said in 1937. That would of been the queen mother the present queens mother who died in 2002.
The queens bedroom
Children's play room
Children play area
More pictures from upstairs
Four poster bed
Good day out
Well highs and lows today. I already suspected my camera phone would not be up to the bad light in Shibden Hall. I will need to add a tonne of information on this hub about the hall and previous owners. I was born within a mile of it and I have been hundreds of times but not for a few years now though. It truly is a time capsule and the guide turned out to know just about every one I knew form my old haunts in Hebden bridge. I will publish it now and add to it as Time goes by.
- Introduction: Shibden Hall: Calderdale Council
A wonderful, 600 year old timber framed house, surrounded by stunning gardens, cascades and historic parkland, including Shibden Mereside Cafe, visitor facilities, play area, boating lake, miniature railway and pitch and putt course.
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