New security measures are set to be introduced at Shibden Hall in West Yorkshire, after a spike in visitor numbers. The Halifax Courier reported that the number of people visiting the Grade II listed building, which is the former home of Anne Lister, have increased by around 700 per cent since it was featured in the TV drama Gentleman Jack.
Plans have now been submitted to Calderdale Council to install a range of new security and safety measures, including CCTV, security gates and isothermal glazing to windows.
In a heritage statement accompanying the proposal, the rising visitor numbers to the property are acknowledged as “in the main excellent news”.
However, it added that there are “some concerns that the publicity may attract a minority intent on malicious damage, particularly in relation to arson and physical damage”.
It also pointed out that there is currently no way of monitoring the hall after hours, apart from through the current security and fire alarm system, which are only activated should someone enter the hall or a fire start, by which point it could be too late to prevent serious damage.
This isn’t the only historic property in the region that’s seeking additional security. The Halifax Courier also revealed that Gibson Mill in Calderdale is hoping to beef up its security after thieves stole lead from the roof of its cafe.
The National Trust has submitted the proposals to replace the lead with terne coated steel, but also wants to install a CCTV system to deter future thefts.
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