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Shibden Hall

Updated on March 17, 2012

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

Ample parking
Ample parking | Source

The view as we approach

Shibden hall
Shibden hall | Source

Stables and courtyard

A peek over the old courtyard and stables
A peek over the old courtyard and stables | Source

Unique architecture

Old school
Old school | Source

A bit of a trail

Nice little trail to a waterfall and tunnel
Nice little trail to a waterfall and tunnel | Source

Cunnery wood

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.

Guess who

Jordan as usual
Jordan as usual | Source

Impressive construction

Old stone tunnel to Cunnery wood
Old stone tunnel to Cunnery wood | Source

Old stone trough

Old stone drinking trough
Old stone drinking trough | Source

Walking back towards the hall

Walking back from Cunnery wood
Walking back from Cunnery wood | Source

One for the Romantics

Love !!!
Love !!! | Source

Kitchen area

The wooden contraption is a very old mouse trap
The wooden contraption is a very old mouse trap | Source

Spit roast ?

Kitchen area
Kitchen area | Source

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

Cooking pot
Cooking pot | Source

Old earthen wear pots

Crockery
Crockery | Source

Unique old stone fireplace

Solid stone fireplace
Solid stone fireplace | Source

Note

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.

Dinning hall

Great hall
Great hall | Source

Traditional sewing tools

Sewing room
Sewing room | Source

Dinning table

The main dinning room
The main dinning room | Source

Ornate carved table legs

The table is an original item from when the building was constructed.
The table is an original item from when the building was constructed. | Source

Nice bit of furniture

Dinning table
Dinning table | Source

Stairway to upper floor

Unique smell to it as well
Unique smell to it as well | Source

Grandfather clock

Big old clock
Big old clock | Source

Interesting fact

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

Four poster bed
Four poster bed | Source

Children's play room

Playtime
Playtime | Source

Children play area

Some old school items
Some old school items | Source

More pictures from upstairs

Looks like I have found my wife's rolling pin
Looks like I have found my wife's rolling pin | Source

Writing desk

There was a glass partition here. Not sure why
There was a glass partition here. Not sure why | Source

Four poster bed

Ornate carving on the bed posts
Ornate carving on the bed posts | Source

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.

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    • stugod profile imageAUTHOR

      Stuart Goddard 

      6 years ago from Bradford

      I never figured any body would be looking for anything written by me ha ha. I used to use it as a login that I could never forget. Years ago I was always forgetting my user name. Stuck with it now. At last the god lovers and god haters have given up. It was even suggested I change it to stugoda, etc etc...Fat chance;););)

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      SweetiePie 

      6 years ago from Southern California, USA

      I really enjoy your photography of the countryside. As a suggestion, I think you should credit your photography by stugod rather than just my computer. It might make a difference in search engine traffic, especially for people who are searching for other hubs written by you.

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      Stuart Goddard 

      6 years ago from Bradford

      Thanks for the feedback UnnamedHarald. I will be going back for pictures of the boating lake, light railway and scenery.

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      Stuart Goddard 

      6 years ago from Bradford

      Even so Nell Rose I am returning with a new purchase a digital camera. Still want some high quality pictures.

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      Nell Rose 

      6 years ago from England

      Hi, I love the photos, in fact the dark seemed to make it look very spooky. I love old houses, and especially the history of the place, so I woul love this! rated up!

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      David Hunt 

      6 years ago from Cedar Rapids, Iowa

      Very nice-- your camera phone (and you) take very nice pictures. I especially like your commentary. Voted up and interesting.

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