Visit Haworth and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Haworth, West Yorkshire It was, of course, the home of the amazing Brontë family. Not everyone is prepared to find it a small manufacturing town in a Pennine area of industrial valleys separated by brief stretches of sombre moor on which people still can get lost. The village is all grey-stone houses, slate roofs and smoking chimneypots. It still carries on the spinning and weaving tradition and is about the same size as it was when the Brontës lived here from 1820 to 1861. But there is a whole new industry in tourism. Haworth, 4 miles South West of Keighley, is outranked in pilgrims only by Stratford-upon-Avon as an English literary shrine.
The main street paved with stones struggles up an incredibly steep bank. Near the top the street widens into a little square with the Black Bull Hotel, where Branwell Brontë drank away the hours, on the left. A winding lane leads higher to the Church of St Michael and All Angels and finally, past a gloomy graveyard, to the parsonage, now the Brontë Museum. Behind the parsonage lies moorland and a hint of that windswept isolation which so vividly recalls the writings of the talented sisters, Charlotte, Emily and Anne.
The Brontë Society was founded in 1893 and for some time operated from rooms above the Yorkshire Penny Bank. Then in 1926, Henry Houston Bonnell, an American publisher, bequeathed his extensive collection to the Society. Sir James Roberts bought the parsonage for it. The parsonage is a blackened l8th-century sandstone building. Inside, the rooms are furnished with family articles restored to the house over the years, including the sofa on which Emily died in 1848; Mr. Brontë's Bible and spectacles; the children's pencil drawings; some of the tiny home-made books of their childhood writings; Branwell's portraits of his sisters; and Charlotte's work-box. The Bonnell collection of letters, manuscripts and first editions is available to scholars.
The church has nothing but the west tower remaining of the building the Brontës knew, having been rebuilt in 1880. It contains a brass plaque and chapel in memory of the family and a 19th-century stained-glass window given “in pleasant memory of Charlotte Brontë by an American citizen” (Thomas Hockley of Philadelphia).
Nearby cities: Bradford
Nearby towns: Bingley, Hebden Bridge, Keighley, Halifax
Nearby villages: Ben Rhydding, Buttershaw, Cononley, Cullingworth, Denholme, Denton, Glusburn, Great Horton, Heptonstall, Highfield, Hipperholme, Ickornshaw, Ilkley, Ingrow, Kildwick, Laneshaw Bridge, Lightcliffe, Low Bradley, Mytholm, Mytholmroyd, Oakworth, Ovenden, Oxenhope, Queensbury, Saltaire, Silsden, Steeton, Sutton, Sutton-in-Craven, Thornton, Utley, Wibsey, Wilsden
Have you decided to visit Haworth or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Haworth bed and breakfast (a Haworth B&B or Haworth b and b)
- a Haworth guesthouse
- a Haworth hotel (or motel)
- a Haworth self-catering establishment, or
- other Haworth accommodation