Friday, November 23, 2012

Haworth, Yorkshire: The Pretty Village That Inspired a Famous Family.


David Brice
Global Holidays
Leeds, U.K.


Yorkshire, England, is home to perhaps one of the most well-known tourist attractions. Haworth, the small Pennine town is also known as Bronte country and was the home of Charlotte , Emily and Anne Bronte. The story of the Bronte family is a tale of early death like many families in the early 19th century. The sisters were orphaned in 1821 and the family lived at Haworth Parsonage, which still stands today.

In the 1820’s there was a prejudice against female writers and by this time the sisters were showing their creativity by writing poems but writing under the unisex pseudonyms of Currer, Ellis and Acton Bell.

The beautiful Moors around Haworth inspired the novels of Jayne Eyre published by Charlotte Bronte in 1847 and Wuthering Heights published by Emily Bronte , also in 1847 and Anne’s The Tenent of Wildfell Hall in 1848.

However, by late 1848 Emily and Anne Bronte were both suffering from tuberculosis and Emily died in December 1848 aged 30. Anne died in May 1849 aged 29.  Charlotte Bronte went on to publish two more novels but died whilst pregnant in Scarborough in March 1855, aged 38 and only 9 months after getting married.

The pretty village of Haworth lies on a steep hill and the main street is lined with traditional shops and cafes like The Old Apothecary Shop, where you can almost step back in time in their museum-like shop. You will also find art shops and traditional chocolate and sweet shops.

A visit to Haworth, though is not complete without a visit to the Bronte Parsonage Museum built in 1778. Inside this historic building you can visit the dining room where the Bronte sisters did most of their writing and you can also see the piano used by the Bronte family. The original clock is still there to see and upstairs you can visit Charlotte Bronte’s bedroom.

If you take the trouble to walk 10 minutes from Haworth village you will see some of the finest scenery that Yorkshire has to offer. Moorland, outcrops of rocks, waterfalls and beautiful views as well as the famous Top Withens derelict farmhouse which is said to have been the inspiration for the novel Wuthering Heights.

If you are on the tourist route in Yorkshire then it is worth taking the time to visit Haworth. Be warned, however, that throngs of tourists descend on the village in summer and parking can be a problem.

Our guest blogger and photographer, David Brice, is the owner of the online travel agent Global Holidays and lecturer in Travel and Tourism at Leeds City College in the U.K.



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