Sunday, September 04, 2011


On an absolutely freezing day last November I achieved a dream I had cherished for many years: visiting the Brontë Parsonage in Haworth (also in Yorkshire).  Behind me in the photo above is the home where Charlotte, Emily and Anne lived and wrote the works which I hold so dear.  As far as authorial pilgramages go the Brontë Museum is one of a kind, because it features more personal belongings of the authors than any other literary site I've visited.  Among my favourites were the dress Charlotte wore before embarking on her honeymoon, the sofa upon which Emily supposedly died and locks of hair from several family members.  Walking through their village and touring their home was an incredibly spiritual experience.  It's a memory that means a great deal to me, one that I'll never forget.  

 The church in Haworth
It has been reconstructed since 
Patrick Brontë  (their father) was a clergyman here
Inside the church
The pulpit is beautiful
Burial site of the entire family
(apart from Anne who died in Scarborough)
A friend and I decided this would be
the place to get married
Memorial for their mother
I love how the whole villag centers around the Brontës
There's even a Brontë Balti restaurant
The graveyard next to the parsonage
The cold and dreary day added to the Gothic atmosphere
people so often associate with these writers
But the sun did make a brief appearance
(In the background you'll see the pub
where their brother Branwell
specialized in public inebriation)
 Group shot

I'm so glad I was able to share this wonderful day with kindred spirits who love and appreciate the Brontës as much as I do.  

P.S.  It's been said that I purchased a great deal of merchandise at the museum gift shop, but I can neither confirm nor deny this.  


The Lloyd Family said...

Awesome. Thanks for letting me live vicariously. It was a lovely experience.

Diana said...

I'm glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for letting me be an occasional Auntie to your adorable wee ones. I think we have a great trade system going on here. :)