Being the oldest pub in Yorkshire, The Old Bridge Inn were invited to a special ‘Gentleman Jack’ event to celebrate another fascinating story brought to life for TV – filmed right here in Calderdale!
Calderdale’s Very own Sally Wainwright (known for BBC’s Happy Valley and Last Tango in Halifax) chose to tell Anne Lister’s story and film it in Shibden Hall and surrounding areas of Halifax. The long awaited period drama showcases the life and loves of the famous diarist, landowner, traveller, entrepreneur, mountaineer, scholar and lesbian – Anne Lister – played by Suranne Jones.
It’s 1832 in West Yorkshire, England — the cradle of the evolving Industrial Revolution — where landowner Anne Lister is determined to save her faded ancestral home, Shibden Hall, even if it means bucking society’s expectations. In addition to reopening the coal mines, a part of Lister’s plan to help her family is to marry well. But the charismatic, single-minded Lister — who dresses head-to-toe in black and charms her way into high society — has no intention of marrying a man. “Gentleman Jack” examines Lister’s relationships with her family, servants, tenants and industrial rivals, and would-be wife. The real-life Anne Lister’s story was recorded in her diaries, and the most intimate details of her life are revealed for the series.
Just think – Anne Lister could have travelled on the main York to Chester road right on our doorstep! Maybe she stopped off for a flagon of ale?!
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