My daughter Sophie and I, while continuing our excursion into the past and delving into our English heritage, recently visited the little village of Haworth.
Situated on the edge of the Peninne Moors, it is approximately forty-five minutes drive from our home.
Haworth, known as one of England’s finest hill villages, is a conservation area and like many of the surrounding villages it was initially industrialised in Tudor times, but here, unlike the larger towns it was a cottage based industry. The legacy today is a village of listed buildings, including weavers’ cottages, Victorian houses, workshops, mills, chapels and churches and all built in various architectural styles.
Haworth is also the former home of the world famous nineteenth century novelists ‘The Bronte sisters.’ The most famous of their books are those featured below. My favourite being Emily’s Wuthering Heights and being a romanticist I couldn’t resist this quote “He’s more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.”
A popular annual attraction in Haworth is the fun filled 1940s weekend, bringing in thousands of visitors each year. Another popular event is the1960s weekend.
One of my personal favourites in Haworth is the Keighley and Worth Valley Steam Railway. The railway and the surrounding towns and villages were widely used in the 1970s film The Railway Children.
The day Sophie and I visited Haworth was the sunniest, brightest and hottest day of the year, in fact it was the hottest recorded day in May since 1943!Haworth’s Main street
After parking our car in the village car park , Sophie and I wandered around the pretty little shops, taking photographs in each.
One place of interest to us was the former Apothecary now known as the Cabinet of Curiosities. It’s a fascinating shop full of ‘curiosities’ perfumes and hand-made soap created on the premises. It was however, disappointing to see the recent name change and especially so when you note that other established businesses had linked their names to the original shop.
Lunch was enjoyed in the Apothecary tea rooms where we discovered a delightful view and an attentive host who was eager for us to try the midweek roast. Unfortunately for our host, the hot weather was against his recommendation and we settled for simple sandwiches.
After lunch we walked across the steep cobbled street and visited the imposing church of St. Michael and All Angels (Church of England) where the father of the Bronte children, Patrick Bronte was once the vicar.
Inside the church we found two knowledgable and helpful volunteers who kindly explained both the history of the church and that of the Bronte family.
Leaving the church behind us we walked a little further up the cobbled slope until we reached the Parsonage, now known as the Bronte Parsonage Museum.
Our entrance fee for the Parsonage was purchased in the gift shop/information centre and we were surprised to find our named tickets could be used again and were valid for a year.
The museum houses a permanent exhibition that tells the story of the lives of the Bronte family. The displays are changed each year, giving returning visitors something new and different to see.
When some years ago, I first visitied the Bronte Parsonage, I was expecting to see large rooms and it was a surprise to find that although there are many, the rooms themselves are quite tiny.
I’ve included a small selection of photographs below but more can be viewed in the Haworth Photo Video at the end of this article.
Some of our photos were a little dark because we weren’t allowed to use flash inside the house.
While I was driving us back home and thinking about re-reading the Bronte books, Sophie took a few pictures from our moving car of the long reaching views.
More pictures from our day out in Haworth can be viewed in the Photo Video below. No need to turn down the volume I omitted the obligatory music that’s so often heard with these videos, but be warned… there are a lot of photos!