Haworth – Bronte Country, West Yorkshire

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  • In Haworth, West Yorkshire, as you walk up the very steep cobbled Main Street, you will pass antique shops, cafes, souvenir shops, pubs, fish and chip shops and more.  At the bottom of Main Street is the Sue Ryder charity shop where you can find antique jewelry, china, clothing and more.  On the cobbled street you can spend hours wandering around the various antique shops, or buy a policeman’s helmet, stickers, tea towels to commemorate your visit.  Or just sit a while, enjoy some scones, cakes, pie and peas, or homemade sandwiches.

    This is Bronte country.  At the top of the hill, take a left after the Black Bull Hotel and pub, walk up the steps to St. Michael and All Angels. The Brontë family moved from Thornton, Bradford to Haworth, in 1820.  (The home in Thornton was significantly smaller – in fact my own mother lived there many years later – photograph to be added at a future date). Inside the church you will find the tomb of the Brontë family, except for Anne Bronte who was buried in Scarborough.  You will see the bronze plaque as seen in the photograph for this page.  Also, the stained glass windows and Charlotte Brontë’s marriage certificate to Arthur Bell Nicholls and Emily Jane Brontë’s burial certificate.  Charlotte’s husband, Nicholls, was a curate for Emily’s father, Patrick Brontë.

    Charlotte’s main works of literature were: Jane Eyre 1847, Villette 1853, Shirley 1849, The Professor 1857 (Jane Eyre 1960).

    Emily’s wrote Wuthering Heights, and Anne wrote Agnes Grey – both published in 1847 (Jane Eyre 1960).

    Reference: Bronte, Charlotte. Jane Eyre. Signet Classics: New York, 1960.

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    Stained glass windows dedicated to Charlotte Bronte by an American Citizen

    In the Brontë Society Transactions book there are insights into how this window was paid for by an American.  He dedicated it to Charlotte Bronte for her writing contributions to literature.  His anonymous contribution remains to delight everyone today.  On the bottom of the window you will see the words, “Go to the Glory of God in pleasant memory of Charlotte Bronte by an American citizen.”  See the book below for further details on how the Brontë’s literary contributions were widely accepted here and in America.

    Brontë Society Transactions: The Journal of Brontë Studies. Leeds: Maney, 1895.

     

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    Emily Jane Bronte’s burial recorded in the church register

     

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    Marriage certificate between Charlotte Bronte and Arthur Bell Nicholls – June 29th, 1854

    For more information on Charlotte Bronte – check this link:

    http://www.haworth.village.org.uk/brontes/charlotte/charlotte.asp

    The village organization goes into detail about her history.

     

    http://www.haworth-village.org.uk/brontes/places/bronte_falls.asp

     

     

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