Haworth was associated with the Brontë’s sad life for forty-one years, from 1820 when the family arrived, until the death of their father, Patrick Brontë, the Parson, in 1861. The Brontë Parsonage is in the town itself and Wycoller Hall, Ponden Hall and Top Withens, are all within walking distance of Haworth, across the wuthering (locally meaning “stormy”) moors.
To a visitor, the Brontë story can seem very recent and on a gloomy day, with tourists gone, their presence can be strongly felt.
Brontë Country can loosely be defined as the area containing the majestic landscapes and quiet Yorkshire villages which inspired the talented Brontë family. The windswept Brontë Moors and stone and slate hillside villages were known and loved by Emily, Anne, Charlotte, Branwell and Patrick. They were the basis, together with the people they met, for the settings and characters of the sombre novels, ‘Wuthering Heights’ and ‘Jane Eyre’.
The Keighley and Worth Valley Railway
At the bottom of Haworth village lies The Keighley and Worth Valley Railway, a five mile branch line known as “The Railway Childrens’ Railway”. This was used as the location for the 1970s classic film, ‘The Railway Children’, starring Jenny Agutter, Bernard Cribbins, Dinah Sheridan and Sally Thomsett. Oakworth Station was the main station featured in the film. Five of the carriages used can now be viewed at the Museum of Rail Travel at Ingrow, in the Worth Valley.
Main Street, Haworth
The Brontë Parsonage
Life in Haworth at the time of the Brontës
This video, filmed at the Brontë Parsonage, describes what life was like in Haworth in the 1800s when the Brontë family lived there.
More videos about the Brontës and other Victorian writers are available on the British Library’s website.
St. Michael and All Angels Church
Haworth Station, Black Bull and Old White Lion
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