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    Ann Walker’s 5 Days In London

    By Diane Halford (Updated 18 July 2021 – Acre Lane relatives) This blog follows the footsteps of Ann Walker’s 5 days in London from 8th – 12th June 1834, finding out more about the places she visited, and what the buildings (if they still stand) look like in July 2021. You can read Ann’s entire diary entries at the Diary Comparison Portal 8th June 1834 “left at 1.10 [gap] arrived at 26 Dover St. ½ past 6 oclock could not be taken in –  rooms bespoken by Mrs. Hawkins at 13 Albemarle St. rooms up 3 flights of stairs at the rate of 7 guineas per week …” West Yorkshire…

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    Where was Ann Walker after Anne Lister’s death?

    By Diane Halford (Updated 20 May 2023) Ever wonder where Ann Walker lived in the years after the death of her wife? This short blog will tell you what we know about where she lived until her death. Back to Shibden Hall, Halifax from Russia Ann Walker returned from Russia at some point in February 1841. We know that a letter in The National Archives (located in C 106/60) dated 19th February 1841 by Reverend Gratrix to Robert Parker states that she has recently returned to Halifax. We know she received and answered another letter from Robert Parker (also in C 106/60) while at Shibden Hall on 20th February 1841…

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    Ann’s Education

    By Ivana Nika Twitter: @Ivana_Nika Blog: https://sex-lies-and-boiled-milk.tumblr.com/ Ann’s and Elizabeth’s Education Nothing is known of Ann Walker’s early education. By the time Ann and her siblings were born, their parents could have afforded to provide them with decent schooling opportunities. In 1809, when Ann was 6, her father John inherited a substantial sum of money from his older brother which improved his children’s prospects for life. The family moved to Crow Nest where Elizabeth, Ann and John (and their sister Mary born in 1799, died in 1815) spent their childhood. It is not known (yet) if Elizabeth and Ann attended any kind of school that existed in Halifax or surrounding areas…

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    Ann, Family and Shibden Hall

    Extracts from Ann Walker’s journal June 1834 – February 1835 describing Ann, family and her life at Shibden Hall By Ivana Nikahttps://twitter.com/Ivana_Nikahttps://sex-lies-and-boiled-milk.tumblr.com/ We can enjoy reading Ann Walker’s journal covering the year when her relationship with Anne Lister took a serious turn. They took the sacrament together at Holy Trinity Church, Goodramgate in York on 30th March 1834 to seal their union. In the summer of the same year they travelled through France and Switzerland as part of their honeymoon trip. Ann Walker recorded this trip in her journal; she noted down many small moments of happiness and personal excitement in seeing the ancient sights of Europe, and experiencing adventures…

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    Medical Research into Ann Walker’s Death

    By Leitner Daleen (Twitter: @DaleenLeitner https://twitter.com/DaleenLeitner) Statement of Purpose: The purpose of this research was to seek a clearer definition and precise medical explanation based on the evidence we could find of the circumstances of Ann Walker’s death in 1854. Trigger Warning: illness, death Our search began with the death certificate, which listed “Congestion of the brain, Effusion” as the cause of death. Many of the terms used in 1854 describing the illness that befell Ann Walker are no longer used in medical practice today, presenting the researcher with a unique set of challenges. As a result of our research, it was determined: Perplexed, I sifted through hundreds of pages…

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    The Last Days of Ann Walker

    By Diane Halford and Leitner Daleen (updated 21st February 2023) Ann Walker died on 25th February 1854 in her childhood home, Cliffe Hill. It is often said that not much is known about Ann Walker’s life before or after Anne Lister. But once more, if we dig more deeply into the archive, we can piece together some information about the last days of Ann Walker.  Trigger Warning: illness, death After living at Shibden Hall with Captain Sutherland and his family and then, after his death, with long term friend Lydia Fenton, (nèe Wilkinson) Ann had moved back to her childhood home, Cliffe Hill, after her aunt died. It is mentioned…

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    Ann Walker’s Return to Shibden

    By Steve Crabtree, March 2020 Following the death of Anne Lister on 22nd September, 1840, Ann Walker had the arduous and unenviable job of returning to England, bereft of her wife’s confidence, experience, and support. She also had a choice to make – was Anne Lister of Shibden Hall to be buried in a foreign land, or was her body to be repatriated to England, to join her kindred in the Lister vault at Halifax Minster? The decision is well known, and was taken almost immediately after Anne’s passing. An article in the Halifax Guardian carrying news of Anne Lister’s death also states that Miss Walker would return Anne Lister’s remains…

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    August 1843: Atkinson vs Walker

    By Steve Crabtree, March 2020 Perhaps one of the most significant events in the build up to Ann Walker’s removal from Shibden is one of the least explored. At some point in the 1840’s, Ann Walker allegedly found herself indebted to a Jane Atkinson, for £77.3.00. Whatever the reason for this debt remains, at this point, unknown. It could be that Atkinson had provided some goods or services for Walker, or a rent dispute. The fact that Ann refuses to pay Jane what would have been a fairly inconsiderable sum to someone as wealthy as Walker suggests that Ann is making her stand on principle, rather than under any financial…

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    April 1843: Ann Walker and the ‘Durnford Incident’

    By Steve Crabtree, March 2020 Cat Euler’s 1995 thesis on Anne Lister is an excellent read, and contains a chapter long post script on Ann Walker. In this chapter, Euler alludes to a letter written by Elizabeth Sutherland to Robert Parker. This document can be found in the MAC: 73 file of the West Yorkshire Archive Service.  Euler, citing Elizabeth, writes: “In another, undated letter, which must have been written in the same period of time, Elizabeth Sutherland refers obliquely to some embarrassing incident which had occurred, which I would guess also involves the railway or the surveying of the railway. Again she expresses her approval of the committal process and…