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Anne Lister Festival 2020: Calderdale Heritage Walks programme.

 

CHW offers a series of walks to celebrate Anne Lister's birthday on 3 April. Anne Lister Festival 2020 runs for the first 7 days in April. Here is the CHW programme for April – May 2020.

All walks must be pre-booked through Ticket Source [www.ticketsource.co.uk] and cost £5. Bookings open on Thursday 7th November; 8am for walks to 5th April and 2pm for the remainder of the programme. There will be a maximum of 35 per walk.

The link to the full programme of bookable events is here, or you can book the event from each walk listed.

Most of these walks (except 'Young Anne Lister') focus on the 1830s, the period in her life depicted in Sally Wainwright's Gentleman Jack (BBC1/HBO).

In May 1832 Anne Lister returned home to Shibden, the estate she had inherited. Despondent at what she found, she moved fast. Anne redesigned the estate, began to develop its coalmines and got involved in Halifax 'Blue' politics. And she searched for a life companion. Re-acquaintance with wealthy heiress Ann Walker of Lightcliffe changed her life ~ forever. At Easter 1834, Anne and Ann attended communion together in York: Anne 'prayed our union might be happy'.

 

 

 

  For enquiries, please email us at : cdaleheritagewks@gmail.com

 

 

Anne Lister Festival Walks Programme 2020

Wednesday 1st April

Anne Lister’s Halifax: mock marriages and effigy-burning

Anne Lister determined this would be a serious union, with Ann Walker moving into Shibden. Coal-mining and ‘Blue’ political door-stepping continued. The 1835 Halifax contest became known as ‘the window-breaking election’. Immediately, ‘mock marriage’ announcements appeared in Yorkshire newspapers. Then in 1836, lurid tales reached Shibden of Anne and Ann being burnt in effigy down in Halifax. Who was behind these public jibes - and why?


Walk leader: Jill Liddington. 2-hour circular afternoon walk with short readings from Female Fortune, and ends with tea, cake and Q&A in Halifax. There are some steep steps, walking boots or shoes are advised.

Meet at 2pm in the Piece Hall by the Book Corner. HX1 1RE

 

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Thursday 2nd April

Anne Lister’s Shibden: Her Private Face.

A 4-hour walk from Halifax climbing slowly up Old Bank to Shibden, to recreate Anne Lister's estate in 1832 - when she returned home from her travels, betrayed by yet one more woman's marriage plans. Then re-acquaintance with neighbouring heiress Ann Walker changed her life - forever. Anne Lister deployed all her considerable skills to enthral and seduce this wealthy young woman - all out of sight of Halifax's prying eyes.

 

Walk leaders: Jill Liddington & Steve Crabtree. Walking boots/shoes advised, and bring packed lunch/snacks. The walk includes short readings from Nature's Domain, and ends with tea, cake and Q&A. Bus back to Halifax.
Meet at 11.30 in the Piece Hall by the Book Corner. HX1 1RE


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Thursday 2nd April

Young Anne Lister in Halifax

View the house where Anne lived as a girl, with buildings and locations in Halifax associated with her earlier years. Learn about her early schooling in the town, her private tutor, and her point of departure on stagecoach journeys. Where did her earliest girlfriend live; and where did she buy her blank diaries? Also, see the home and bank of Christopher Rawson, and a filming location from Gentleman Jack. [Building exteriors only]


Walk Leader: David Glover. This is a circular walk of 2½ hours. Some sections are fairly steep. Meet at 2pm at Range Bank, junction with Portland Road, HX3 6LB. Dogs on leads welcome.


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Friday 3rd April

Anne Lister’s Shibden: marriage, mining and money.

With Ann Walker now living at Shibden, Anne Lister began to realize her coal-mining ambitions. This walk passes by the moss house where her determined courtship began. It climbs steadily up Pump Lane, then curves round by Walker Pit - sunk in 1835 and named in honour of Ann. By 1836 Anne Lister's aggrandisement of Shibden's magnificent grounds could begin to take shape.


Walk leader: Jill Liddington. A 2½ hour circular afternoon walk, with one steep ascent, ending with tea, cake & Q&A.
Meet at 2pm outside Meerside Café, HX3 6XG. Dogs on leads welcome.

 

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Saturday 4th April

Ann Walker’s Lightcliffe

When John Walker died in Naples in 1830 on his honeymoon, his sisters Elizabeth & Ann inherited a large estate in Lightcliffe and became very wealthy. Within two years Ann had become the companion of Anne Lister.
We walk round part of the estate, viewing Cliffe Hill House and the site of Crow Nest Mansion where Ann lived. We finish in the churchyard where she is buried together with other members of her family, employees and tenants (including the one not eaten by a pig).
This is a 2 hour circular walk, mainly on pavements with just a short walk across a footpath. Dogs on leads welcome.

 

Walk leader: Ian Philp Meet by the tower in the churchyard at 2pm. HX3 8TH

 

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Sunday 5th April

ANNE walker's lightcliffe

Please see above details for Saturday 4th April but note this is a morning walk starting at 10am.

 

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Monday 6th April

Anne Lister’s Halifax: mock marriages and effigy-burning

Please see Wednesday April 1st for details of this walk

 

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Wednesday 8th April

The Listers in Shibden Valley

 

We make our way from Shibden Hall to the hillside overlooking Halifax to where the now forgotten Cunnery Lane led towards Whiskam Bank, a route Anne took many times. From here can be seen the changes to the landscape where the new turnpike cut through her lands. Progressing onward to High Royd where her tenant Holt lived then on to where Copperas House owned by the Listers once stood. Down the old cobbled road of Lee Lane to see another Lister property. Passing the ancient Shibden Mill Inn and on to see Staups and Godley Grange two properties that played a part in expanding the Shibden Estate.

 

Walk Leader: Mike Beecham Meet at 2pm at Shibden Hall overflow carpark immediately after the Godley Lane entrance. HX3 6XG. Proper walking footwear required as parts of the route will be muddy tracks. Dogs on leads welcome.

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Thursday 9th April

Young Anne Lister in Halifax

Please see Thursday April 2nd for details.

 

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Friday 10th April

Shibden Park and Mytholm – Aspects of the Lister Estate

A walk from Anne Lister's new lodge along the serpentine driveway of 1837, to view the Hall she embellished and the parkland she created, leads on to locations of Lister tenancies in the Shibden Valley. Hear anecdotes of a quirky people who lived there in Anne's time, and see the former Stag's Head Inn where she collected rents. What happened in the great flood of 1837? With mentions of mining and stone quarrying.

 

Walk Leader: David Glover Meet at 2pm at Shibden Hall overflow car park immediately after the Godley Lane entrance. HX3 6XG. This is a circular walk of 2½ hours. Dogs on leads welcome. Some sections could be muddy and fairly steep. Walking shoes/boots are advisable.

 

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Friday 10th April

Anne Lister’s Halifax: Her Public Face

A two hour walk, recreating the town in 1832 that Anne Lister knew so well. She used Halifax for business transactions with her lawyer, shopping, catching up on political news, plus visits to the homes of the few families she saw as social equals. With short readings from Nature’s Domain. Ends at 4.00.

 

Walk leader: Steve Crabtree. Meet at 2pm in the Piece Hall by the Book Corner. HX1 1RE

 

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Thursday 16th April

Anne Lister’s Halifax: Her Public Face

Please see walk details from Friday 10th April above.

 

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Friday 17th April

A Parkland Circuit

A focus on the changing landscape of the Shibden Hall Estate at the time of Anne Lister. A short circular walk. Starts part way up Cunnery Lane to find out about the cottages, farms and tenants at the north side of the hall. It then turns through the woodland and emerges from the hidden tunnel to the front of the hall. Here we find out about the constant problems of security and changes Anne made to add to the privacy of her expanding estate. Looking down, the Lister mining activities at Mytholm can be seen and explained with a conclusion at Shibden Lake, where we find out about the changes and properties in this part of the parkland.

 

Walk Leader: Mike Beecham. Meet at 2pm at Shibden Hall overflow carpark immediately after the Godley Lane entrance, HX3 6XG. Some tracks and damp areas of ground, walking footwear preferable. A disabled person could be helped in navigating this route, however there are some steep parts.

 

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Saturday 18th April

Anne Lister’s Shibden: Her Private Face

Please see the walk details for Thursday 2nd April

 

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Wednesday 22nd April

Shibden Park and Mytholm – Aspects of the Lister Estate

Please see walk details for Friday 10th April.

 

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Saturday 25th April

Anne Lister’s Shibden: marriage, mining and money

Please see the walk details for Friday 3rd April.

 

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Sunday 26th April

The Listers in Shibden Valley

Please see the walk details for Wednesday 8th April.

 

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Monday 4th May

Young Anne Lister in Halifax

Please see the walk details for Thursday 2nd April

 

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Saturday 9th May

Anne Lister’s Halifax: mock marriages and effigy-burning

Please see the walk details for Wednesday 1st April.

 

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Friday 15th May

Anne Lister: Tenants, Trades and Tirades


Take a walk around Southowram to the fringes of Anne Lister's Estate. Peer down into the 'Devil's Cauldron', visit bustling quarries and lonely farmsteads. See the properties she owned, and learn more about her tenants. Sometimes helpful, sometimes fractious, hear what they got up to, their politics, professions, and how they interacted with their formidable landowner.


Walk Leader: Steve Crabtree Meet at 2pm at Shibden Hall disabled carpark for a 2½ hour circular walk. Includes steep sections and rough and muddy ground. Good footwear is essential. HX3 6XG

 

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Saturday 16th May

Anne Lister’s Shibden: marriage, mining and money

Please see the walk details for Friday 3rd April

 

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Walk leaders’ biographies:

Mike Beecham. A local historian who has published books featuring detailed histories of this area.
Steve Crabtree. Steve works for Calderdale Museums at Shibden Hall, Anne Lister’s home.
David Glover is President of Halifax Antiquarian Society, an office held 100 years ago by John Lister.
Jill Liddington's Female Fortune: Anne Lister Diaries 1833-36 inspired Sally Wainwright's Gentleman Jack.

Ian Philp is Chair of The Friends of St Matthew’s Churchyard, Lightcliffe

 

 

 
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