Shibden Hall closed as filming for ‘Gentleman Jack’ series 2 begins

Shibden Hall has closed its doors to the public until March 2021 as filming for series two of historical drama Gentleman Jack begins.

The popular TV series is set in 1832 in Yorkshire and uses many period locations in and around the county, with the main focus being on Halifax’s Shibden Hall, which is used as the faded ancestral home of lead character, Anne Lister.

The landowner and industrialist is played by popular northern actress, Suranne Jones. The BBC drama series written by Sally Wainwright, explores the life of Anne Lister (1791 -1840) and those who lived in the Hall and Estate. The first series aired in the UK in May 2019.

Suranne Jones as Anne Lister (left) and Sophie Rundle as Ann Walker in Gentleman Jack, an "unlikely love story," on BBC1
Suranne Jones as Anne Lister (left) and Sophie Rundle as Ann Walker in Gentleman Jack, an “unlikely love story,” on BBC1

The hall is set in the picturesque Shibden Valley, around a mile from the centre of Halifax and allows for the public to visit when filming is not taking place.

The period property will reopen after the winter period but you can access a virtual tour online in the mean time. Gentleman Jack has almost tripled the amount of visitors at Shibden Hall and surrounding areas.

Some of the other Yorkshire filming locations include Sutton Park, Harewood House Estate, Halifax Town Centre, Lawrence Batley Theatre, Queen Street in Huddersfield, Little Germany in Bradford, Wentworth Woodhouse, Ripponden Moor and the streets of York City, to name a few.

The TV series is filmed with support of Screen Yorkshire’s film friendly partners, including Calderdale Council, Bradford Film Office, Kirklees Council, Make It York & City of York Council.

Gentleman Jack is rumoured to return to our screens in summer 2021.

YorkshireLive – Halifax