1st Page of Anne's Diary
Name: 1st Page of Anne's Diary
Description: 1st Page of Anne Listers Diary
Location: Calderdale
Reference: SH:7
Contributor: WYAS
Rights: WYAS
Anne was born on 3 April 1791 in Halifax, the daughter of Jeremy Lister, the younger brother of James Lister, owner of Shibden Hall from 1788-1826.

Anne was born on 3 April 1791 in Halifax, the daughter of Jeremy Lister, the younger brother of James Lister, owner of Shibden Hall from 1788-1826.  She lived at her mother’s small estate at Market Weighton for most of her childhood, but paid frequent visits to Shibden.  As a 7 year old child, the tomboyish Anne was sent to a dame school in Ripon where she learnt to dance and enjoy music and ultimately in April 1805 at the age of 14 she spent a year at the Manor School, York.  Her passions included books and agriculture and it was at York that she began her first relationship with a girl called Eliza Raine. Following the deaths of two sons in infancy, Anne was one of 4 surviving children, but with the deaths of her brothers, John (1795-1810) and finally Samuel (1793-1813), the 22 year old Anne was chosen by the elder Listers to inherit Shibden with her surviving sister, Marian (1798-1882) inheriting the Market Weighton estate.  In 1815, she went to live permanently with her uncle and aunt at Shibden Hall. 


Anne’s birth SH:7/JL/101

Letter from Jeremy Lister in Galway to his brother, James at Shibden, 15 Apr 1791


“I am happy to find Mrs Lister has got her bed of a daughter, and with her little one is likely to do well”


Letter from Rebecca Lister, Market Weighton, to Martha Lister, Shibden Hall 24 Dec 1799 concerning her daughter, Anne SH:7/LL/316


“I can with great pleasure assure you how well your Niece has spent her time, she is indeed a very charming Girl, promising to excel in every thing she has undertook.  She is to get the prize for writing which is a silver pen and was you to hear her read or report you wou’d be highly gratify’d.  Mr [Noke] the dancing Master honored me with a public day –that I might see how much she excelled in Dancing and indeed she does dance in the most elegant style I ever recollect seeing one of her age dance in my life”


Letter from Anne Lister, Market Weighton, to her aunt, Anne Lister [senior], York - SH:7/ML/3 - 3 Feb 1803


“Perhaps I cannot do better than tell you some little of what I have been reading lately, for you know I was always fond of Books.  My Library is one of my very greatest pleasures after a good ramble in the Fields…I was always fond of farming and think I have a little taste that way.  Without Agriculture neither Commerce Arts or Sciences could flourish.  The nation would not be so rich as it is and we never could have carried on so long a War as this last without it”


With postscript by [Rebecca Lister] describing the letter as 'out of character for such a giddy girl – but you know she is a little high-flown at times”


Death of John Lister, Anne’s brother – Eliza Raine’s diary 24 Jan 1810 SH:7/ML/A/14


“Poor John Lister left this world of care. His disorder was an inflammation of the Brain”


Death of Samuel Lister, Anne’ last surviving brother - SH:7/ML/A/70  -  Draft letter from Anne Lister [senior], Shibden Hall, to Eliza Raine, York 1 Jul 1813


“the most lamentable event, which has plunged our family into the extremity of affliction …he had gone to bathe about 2 o’clock on Saturday…along with three or four of his brother officers, got beyond his depth almost instantaneously and sunk – assistance was obtained immediately, boats sent out, and every exertion made to receive him but it was full two hours before he could be got out of the water…it was five o’clock when he was brought to his room, and application immediately had recourse to restoring suspended animation and persevered for several hours but alas without affect”


“”when Anne came yesterday , her mother received her alone, and broke the dreadful tidings to her by degrees, but when the word was told, her sorrow and anguish of mind was extreme……she at length became sufficiently collected to go upstairs to her father, who with dear Marian was waiting in a state of mind I cannot describe.  No one witnessed their meeting but after continuing half an hour together they joined us below stairs and we were all tolerably composed and prevailed upon your poor afflicted friend to lay down in the afternoon”


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