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Ehbygumís Haworth and Yorkshire Page

Haworth and the Brontes

The villages and hamlets to the south of Keighley and to the west of Bradford are mostly fairly nice places, and some of them rejoice in splendid names like Goose Eye or Egypt.


Haworth might have been just one more commuter village feeding the West Yorkshire conurbation were it not for the happy chance of the Reverend Patrick Bronte taking up the living of the Perpetual Curate of the Parish in 1820.He fathered four remarkable children, Charlotte, Emily, Anne and Branwell.His lad, Branwell was probably the most interesting of the bunch, a notorious drunk and Haworthís first and most famous druggie, but it was his three daughters whose efforts put Haworth on the map.They wrote the compelling, passionate novels that have gripped the imaginations of readers for a century and a half.Itís curious that these three vicarís daughters from a small town in the hills of Yorkshire should have created works of such human insight and passion.


So the three sisters published, and Haworth became a place of literary pilgrimage, with Bronte fans coming from the ends of the earth to visit the place where they lived and the area that inspired their novels.†† From these literary beginnings Haworthís tourist business has grown and now it is teeming with visitors most summer days and through quite a lot of the winter, too.Most of todayís visitors are hardly literary pilgrims, most are around just for a good day out, and the pubs and shops do at least as good a business as the old Parsonage, which is now run as a Bronte Museum by the worthy folks at the Bronte Society.

Haworth Main Street, Shopping, Eating and Drinking.

Haworth Main Street is a steep and picturesque cobbled lane, bypassed by a wide, modern road.At the top of the hill itís lined with all kinds of shops and eateries seeking to relieve visitors of as much of their folding money as possible.For reasonably priced souvenirs thereís the Smallest Shop, and there are plenty of more up-market gift shops.Peterís of Haworth, nearer the bottom of the street does sheepskins and fleece rugs at bargain prices: itís really the front room of a house Ė enjoy the coal fire in the winter. Towards the bottom of the street shops give way to houses, most of which sport bed and breakfast plaques.The shops range from the twee to the downright tacky, and the B and Bs from the plush to the buggy.Take your choice: if you want to eat, thereís a wide choice from tea rooms to the restaurant in the White Lion at the top of the street. ††And if you want to go posh the Weavers Restaurant at the top has deservedly found its way into the guide books.If itís a drink youíre after, the Fleece has all of Timothy Taylorís beers on draught, and it doesnít get better than that.

Ehbygum favours the Friendly, a small pub and a real local,in the neighbouring village of Stanbury.


For getting around, Bronte Taxis are definitely the best Ė just remember to ask the fare when you book the car.


Ehbygum is happy to have his Haworth home on the Main Street: the place and people are rather splendid, and a very definite contrast to Tokyo.







The Three Lasses

who put Haworth

on the map.







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