Neither England nor Yorkshire are short of stately homes to visit but Shibden Hall is not as well known as some, although it is of top standard.
The buildings are situated in well planned and extensive grounds with a boating lake for children and several outdoor trails. Children with lively minds also get considerable enjoyment from looking at the old workshops with hand tools and the coaches in the old barn and farm buildings now converted into a museum behind the hall. These are also interesting to adults.
The hall itself appeals mainly to adults. it is administered by Calderdale Council and was first built in the 15th century. However changes took place to represent current fashion until, in the late 19th century, it was deliberately redesigned to restore the 15th century half-timbered facade.
The rooms are beautifully maintained, with perhaps the most striking things of all being the kitchen hearth and the wonderful 16th century oak table in the housebody, about 5 meters long.
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