Book Review: The Brontës at Haworth

 

Uncover the history and home of English literature’s favorite sisters in The Brontës at Haworth by Ann Dinsdale.

A view of Stanbury

A view of Stanbury. Photography by Simon Warner.

 

The wild Yorkshire moors have been the setting for literary classics such as Wuthering Heights (in which the title references this setting), Jane Eyre and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. What these notable works also have in common is they are the novels of Emily, Charlotte and Anne Brontë, whose upbringing on the moors of Yorkshire inspired the setting of many of their novels.

 

In The Brontës at Haworth, readers are given a detailed picture of the Brontë sister’s lives at Haworth Parsonage during their childhood in the 1820s. Exploring the historical context of not only the home but the Brontë family, Dinsdale demonstrates how Haworth has become a monument of literary history in itself. For Victorian enthusiasts, this book brings to life images of Victorian homes only described thus far in fiction.

 

Take an inside look at some of the photos of this historical home:

 

Victorian Home Fireplace

 Before moving to Haworth, the Brontës lived at the old Parsonage at Thornton. Pictured above is the fireplace at the old Parsonage where Charlotte, Branwell, Emily and Anne  were born.

 

 

steep road of Main Street

When making the move from Thornton to Haworth, the Brontë family had to climb the steep road of Main Street (pictured here), with only horse-drawn carts to tote all of their belongings.

 

 

the Church of St. Michael and All Angels

At the top of Main Street is the Church of St. Michael and All Angels, where Patrick Brontë officiated. In addition to the church were baptist chapels, such as the old Hall Green Baptist Chapel, pictured here looking much as it would have in 1824.

 the Main Street

Haworth itself is composed of the Main Street, plus cobbled roads lined with 18th and 19th century stone cottages. “Lodge Street, leading off Main Street, takes its name from the fact that meetings of the Masonic Lodge of the Three Graces, to which Branwell was initiated in 1836, took place here,” writes Dinsdale in regards to the photo above. “The house facing was the home of William Wood, joiner and cabinet maker. The blocked-up doorway formerly led to his workshop on the second floor.”

 

 

Stay tuned for more photos and history from The Brontës at Haworth!

By Malena Jaime

Photography by Simon Warner, as portrayed in The Brontës at Haworth by Ann Dinsdale.

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