Top television creator, writer, produducer and director Sally Wainwright is to be made an Honorary Freewoman of Calderdale.
Councillors gave enthusiastic support to the proposal, recognising the impact setting much of her work in the borough is having on promoting Calderdale with tangible effects on the economy, which was made by Chief Executive of Calderdale Council, Robin Tuddenham. Leader of the Council, Coun Tim Swift (Lab, Town), told the full meeting of the council a series of dramas Sally had written had provided a real platform for Calderdale across the nation’s television screens.
Coun Swift said: “It’s really wonderful someone with her track record and reputation is keen to use Calderdale as a base for so many of her television dramas. Gentleman Jack in particular has had a real international impact.”
Gentleman Jack Farm For Sale
Property once owned by Anne List is £1.3m.
A FARMHOUSE which was once owned by Anne Lister, aka Gentleman Jack, is lip for sale.
Sutcliffe Wood Farm, Hove Edge, near Brighouse, was built around 1713 for James Lister.
James came from the famous Lister family, of Shibden I fall, whose descendants included Anne Lister, the subject of the hit BBC/HBO drama Gentleman Jack.
The house, part of the Listers’ Shibden Estate, was the home of tenant farmer Samuel Sowden who also appears in the series. He appears in records as a tenant of Anne Lister and her partner Ann Walker, who is played by Sophie Rundle.
In Gentleman Jack Sowden, played by Anthony Flanagan, is a drunken thug murdered by his long-suffering son.
But in real life Sowden had great ambitions for his son Sutcliffe who went to Cambridge University, became a vicar and officiated at the marriage of legendary author Charlotte Bronte and Arthur Bell Nicholls in 1854.
The home, which has 16th century origins, is on sale for £1.3m.
In recent years it has been extended by Huddersfield-based architects One 17 and is a large, luxury home with sprawling grounds and outstanding views.
Estate agent Simon Blyth is marketing the property.
The listing says: “This fine detached period home which once formed part of the Shibden Estate enjoys wonderful views over Red Beck Valley and stands in around 18 acres with stabling for seven horses. The property provides beautifully appointed and flexible living space including a lovely self contained adjoining annex.”
Downstairs the main farmhouse comprises a hall, a breakfast room with a galleried landing, a large kitchen, living room, dining room and sun lounge. Upstairs is a large master bedroom with a dressing room, two bedrooms sharing a Jack and Jill bathroom, a fourth bedroom and a family bathroom. And in the self-contained annex there is a large living kitchen, a dining room, bathroom and bedroom. Outside there’s a whopping 18 acres of land with stables for seven horses plus gardens and off-street parking.
Festival to celebrate ‘Gentleman Jack’
HER DIARIES shed a fascinating insight into life in the 19th century – as well as the sexual taboos of the Georgian era.
And a hugely popular drama about the Yorkshire landowner and diarist Anne Lister has seen Halifax witness a tourism boom from the lesbian and gay community.
The BBC One production, Gentleman Jack, written by Huddersfield-born Sally Wainwright and inspired by the nickname given to Lister by residents of her hometown of Halifax, saw an audience of 4.7m viewers tune in for the final episode in July.
And the surge in interest in the life of Lister, often referred to as the “first modern lesbian”, following the on-screen depiction by actress Suranne Jones, inset, has seen tourists travel from as far afield as Australia to Halifax.
Hotels have reported increases in tourists of up to 20 per cent, shops are selling Gentleman Jack artwork and bars are serving Anne Lister cocktails. Nearly 1,000 people – the majority of whom are gay women from the USA, the UK and Europe – have signed up for a festival in Halifax to coincide with the date of Lister’s birthday in April, according to Jennifer Grant, the founder of the holiday specialist Diva Destinations. “What we have is a remarkable true story that has captured people’s imaginations,” she said. “A lot of us can relate to what she went through and learning about her strength and resilience really has changed a lot of people’s lives.” Lister’s historic family home, Shibden Hall, has also had to extend its opening hours.
In August 2018, the 15th century building had 2,579 visitors, but in the same month this year, 14,419 tourists came, according to Calderdale Council, which runs the site.
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