This month, we’ve waved goodbye to our favourite Halifax-based period drama. The first series of Gentleman Jack is now complete, with promises of a second series. These eight episodes have been a hit, featuring some fantastic historical buildings near us and showing Yorkshire off to the world.
Set in Victorian Yorkshire, there are a few very interesting things about Gentleman Jack. Particularly, many of its scenes take place in the same setting as they did in real life, almost 200 years ago.
As lovers of old buildings, we had to see where the filming took place, so let’s look at a few…
Here in Halifax, West Yorkshire, we’ll start with the most obvious one. The main character Anne Lister’s ancestral home, Shibden Hall, is now a Grade-II*-listed building, about 600 years old. It was here that Anne Lister’s diaries, on which the show is based, were found hidden behind a wooden panel in the 1930s.
Today, Shibden Hall is normally a museum, but it temporarily became a set for most of the filming. This included both the inside and outside of the house, from the dining room to the gardens.
Just outside York, this 1730, Grade-I-listed Georgian house was filmed as the home of Anne Lister’s love interest, Ann Walker. Unfortunately, her real home in Halifax no longer exists.
Just like Shibden Hall, Sutton Park also serves as a museum, open to the public for part of the year.
Over in Birstall, West Yorkshire, this Elizabethan manor was the setting of a solicitor’s office in the series. This Grade-I-listed hall is also open to visitors as a museum and has over 100 acres of country park surrounding it.
Near Ripon, North Yorkshire, this 18th-century Grade-I-listed building was the setting of Lord and Lady Stuart’s home. It is also open to the public for part of the year.
That’s why we’ve worked on historical local landmarks such as The Piece Hall and Halifax Borough Market.
We offer Heritage Roofing services for Grade I, Grade II and Grade II* listed buildings and more.