Anne Lister [1791 –1840]

An English landowner and diarist from Yorkshire, has often been called “ the first modern lesbian” for living out openly her sexuality. Dressed in black masculine clothing, she was nicknamed “Gentleman Jack “ by some Halifax residents. She had two passions: Shibden Hall, a historic Tudor House she inherited from her aunt and travelling. She considered herself married to a wealthy heiress Ann Walker. They lived together 20 years, spending their income improving the Hall, the lake and landscaping the park. At Lister’s death, Walker inherited Shibden Hall.