Shibden Hall house and the Filming Locations where Gentleman Jack series was filmed

Gentleman Jack Locations
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Gentleman Jack is an eight-part period drama produced by HBO and BBC One. Set in 1832 in Halifax, West Yorkshire, the story is inspired by the real life of Anne Lister, who returns home after years of overseas travel. She is determined to marry her female lover, heiress Ann Walker, and to reopen the coal mines to help the fate of her own family.

Anne Lister, played by Suranne Jones, lived openly as a lesbian. Some passages of the diaries containing her thoughts were coded and hidden after her death, and have been de-coded for the first time for the series. The manuscripts were rediscovered and decrypted in the 1980s by researcher Helena Whitbread.

Gentleman Jack was primarily filmed in Yorkshire in England. A section of the shoot also took place in Denmark. Here are some of the most relevant filming locations of the series:

Where is Gentleman Jack filmed?

Gentleman Jack house
Anne inherited her ancestral home, Shibden Hall, a Tudor-style house located on the outskirts of Halifax. Her diaries, written in a secret code, were hidden behind a panel in a room, where they stayed until it became the property of the municipal authority in the 1930s. Some areas of the house like the bedroom were built in a studio.
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Image courtesy of Alexander P Kapp - Google Maps

Sutton Park York
Sutton Park, a Georgian 18th-century estate located in the little village of Sutton-on-the-Forest, was used to film Ann Walker’s house. Image courtesy of BBC/HBO - Map

Scenes in the city of York
Local newspapers confirmed that York was the key filming location of the series. The production was recording scenes in the courtyard at Grays Court Hotel in Minster Yard, and in the nearby streets (Chapter House Street and Ogleforth), before moving on to the Treasurer’s House. Image courtesy of Colin Cheesman and Paul Lakin - Map

Gentleman Jack film locations
Some street scenes were shot in Little Germany in Bradford, a historic area with many neoclassical buildings from the 19th century. Image courtesy of Tim Green - Map

Gentleman Jack drehort
The Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield’s Queen Street is the Rawsons Bank from episode 2.
Image courtesy of Google Maps

Newby Hall filming location
The Stuart’s home is the 18th-century country house Newby Hall located in Skelton-on-Ure, near Ripon.
Image courtesy of BBC/HBO and Allan Harris - Map

wedding temple
The interiors of the church of the wedding from the second episode were filmed in St Peters Church in Sowerby Bridge. Image courtesy of BBC/HBO - Map

Gentleman Jack manor
The solicitor’s office was filmed in the Elizabethan manor house Oakwell Hall in Birstall (West Yorkshire).
Image courtesy of Chris Redman - Map

Hercules monument Kassel
The Hercules monument in Kassel (northern Hesse, Germany) is an UNESCO's World Heritage Site, which construction began in 1696. The 300 years old waterfall system ends at the big lake of the castle Wilhelmshöhe. Image courtesy of BBC/HBO - Map

Gentleman Jack optagelsessted
Further filming took place inside Copenhagen City Hall and in the royal chambers at Gavnø Castle in Denmark.
Image courtesy of Mark König and Jorge Láscar - Castle Map / City Hall Map

Gentleman Jack church
Gentleman Jack was shooting in the small 15th century Holy Trinity Church in Goodramgate, the same place where Anne Lister and Ann Walker took communion together, as a symbol of marriage. Image courtesy of Allan Harris - Map

If you enjoyed the series, we recommend you the book Gentleman Jack: A biography of Anne Lister, regency Landowner, seducer and secret diarist, about extraordinary life of history's first modern lesbian who inspired the production. It's also available the official companion book to the HBO show and The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister.

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  1. Where is the little thatched cottage that they used as a rendezvous spot? That was adorable!

    1. That was actually a 'stage set' constructed in Shibden Park in the grounds of Shibden Hall, which is now a popular municipal park in Halifax.

  2. Where did Ann Walker propose to Anne? Just by the pits in the final episode?

  3. Odd question, but does anyone know the blue and white china pattern used at Shibden Hall? Looks to be a Spode pattern.


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