A Literary Pilgrimage
by Charlotte Reads Classics
This Sunday I made a pilgrimage to Haworth, home of the Brontës. Yes, The Taste of Sorrow has made a big impact. As you can see from the photographs, I couldn’t have asked for more atmospheric weather…
The building is the Parsonage where the Brontës lived. It is slightly bigger than when they lived there, as it was extended by the Reverend who lived there after Patrick Brontë died. The house was pretty cosy, but everything was much smaller than I was expecting. Obviously the Church in those days was not necessarily a wealthy vocation, but this seemed like there would have been too many people in too small a place – I suppose the Brontë’s reputations exceeded their beginnings.
The Museum really focused on the act of writing: They had Charlotte and Emily’s portable writing desks set up with all the original contents inside – nibs, blotting paper, seals etc. The living room of the house is laid out as it would have been when the sisters would use it to write and critique their work and it was exciting to stand in it and imagine all of that happening.
The Parsonage was fantastic to see on a day like this; with these views how could Wuthering Heights be written by anyone but a Brontë?! The landscape is always presented as so important in their writing, and today it seemed as though it would be hard to be unaffected.
These are fantastic photos!! They really invoke the atmosphere of the moors!
Yes! You could see how they would spark the (gothic) imagination on a day like that!
These pictures are stunning! Perfect weather for visiting Haworth, you’re quite right 🙂
Thanks! I was really pleased with how they came out.
Those are some haunting photos. Were you not allowed to take photos inside? Why do you say the house is small? It looks fairly decent sized in that first photo.
Most museums don’t like you taking photos inside them. I said the house was smaller than I expected considering there were five adults and three servants (at least) living there. When you go round you can see which rooms are original and which ones were extended.
The weather was perfect, your photos are amazing. Haworth is so beautiful they have some really nice old fashioned tea shops and sweet shops, I love it there. We walked up to Top Withens and it was really beautiful.
It is nice isn’t it, I really like the old apothacary. It was funny driving over because the hills about 2 miles away from Haworth were in brilliant sunshine!
Oh, that looks like perfect weather for visiting Haworth! I love your pictures, they really provide the “right” atmosphere.
Thanks, I loved the atmosphere of the place, it was brilliant.
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