Shibden literally "valley of the sheep" is a 37 acre estate owned and run by Calderdale Council. It includes Shibden Hall, a Grade II* listed timber framed hall Built c1420, . It is now a museum. There is an ongoing project to restore the grounds and landscape Within these grounds can be found the walling exhibit, designed by David Griffiths [left] and described by the West Yorkshire Branch section of the DSWA website as "a permanent and unique exhibit to exemplify all the skills of the Master Craftsman dry stone waller and to reflect the social relevance and cultural importance of the craft in its local and national context".
|Dave Griffiths alongside one of the spectacular conical pillars at the main entrance|
A further path passes a series of pieces of wall showing a wall during its various phases of construction.
Phase 1 was opened on 29th March 2003 by Her Grace the Duchess of Devonshire, then patron of DSWA. The second phase is well into the planning stage and will include the extension of the main wall through a series panels akin to the DSWA`s Millenium Wall at the National Stone Centre, Wirksworth Derbyshire www.dswa.org.uk/millennium_frames.htm
There is now a section of wall and pile of stone for training purposes, and with the variety of features and styles the site is already an excellent training resource that will be second to none (if not already) when phase 2 is complete
Made possible with £30300 from the National Lottery Good causes, Johnsons Wellfield Quarries who donated. More support came from the Community Foundation for Calderdale, the Halifax Bank and ABG Ltd, not to mention the many hundreds of volunteer builder man-hours. It remains largely a well kept secret, yet it is a resource that the DSWA should be trumpeting. Brilliant in concept design and execution don`t miss it, just off the A58 on western edge of Halifax, signposted Shibden Hall.