The real home of 'Gentleman Jack' July 7, 2019 (& updated with additional content)

The road to Halifax has changed a bit since 1832Shibden Hall in Halifax was the actual house where Anne Lister livedBBC1 period drama series "Gentleman Jack", filmed in Yorkshire and based on a Halifax real-life story, started its 9pm Sunday night run on May 19 and concluded on July 7.

The Lawrence Batley Theatre in HuddersfieldQueen Street, Huddersfield, was a locationThe series was mostly filmed at Shibden Hall in Halifax which was once the actual home of Anne Lister, the principal real-life character on which the drama, written by Huddersfield-born Sally Wainwright and starring Suranne Jones, is based. Anne wrote diaries about her lesbian relationships, rivals in the industrial revolution of the period and her family.

The original Crow Nest, the home of Ann Walker, played by Sophie Rundle, was just over 2 miles from Shibden Hall near Hove Edge. This, however, has been long demolished and is now surrounded by a golf course. Sutton Park, at Sutton-on-the-Forest, near York posed as this location.

Other locations to feature in the series include street scenes in Halifax, Huddersfield and York. In Huddersfield, filming centred on the late-Georgian buildings in Queen Street, and also the Lawrence Batley Theatre there, originally a Wesleyan Methodist Chapel of 1819.

Holy Trinity Church at Goodramgate, YorkThe Lord Nelson in LuddendenThe first episode of the series features a Stags Head Inn and the location used here was The Lord Nelson in Luddenden. The house dating from 1634 became an alehouse in the 18th century, originally known as the White Swan.

A number of other Yorkshire historic houses were used and the church scenes at the end of the series were at Holy Trinity Church at Goodramgate in the centre of York.


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