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Bronte fans - Haworth parking alert

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To ensure Fodorites get the message I have taken the liberty of copying the following letters from the Sydney Morning Herald's weekend travel section -

Weekend June, 9-10

Some mistake, officer...
If travellers decide to act on Simon Goldhill's suggestion to visit Haworth and the Bronte parsonage in Britain (Armchair Journey, Traveller, May 26-27), they may do well to heed advice about parking, if driving there. Haworth is a delightful village in West Yorkshire that oozes Bronte history, but unsuspecting visitors who park at the Changegate car park next to the parsonage (opposite the Edinburgh Woollen Mills shop) need to be aware this is a private car park over which the police have no jurisdiction. Unwitting visitors who are five minutes late returning, have parked slightly outside their space or whose ticket has fallen off the dashboard, will find their car wheel clamped. The only way to have it unclamped is to pay £90 ($140) to the parking officer, who also happens to be the car park owner.
- Patricia Farrar

with follow-ups this weekend, June 23-24 -

Timed out at Haworth
We returned to our car at Haworth, Yorkshire (Traveller, June 9-10), to find it clamped, with two tattooed men sitting in a van waiting for us. My husband had to hand over his gold watch as a deposit while we drove to get the £90 ($140) to pay them.
- Marian Hurd

Premium parking
I have also been caught parking "illegally" at Haworth's private car park. I parked for no more than 10 minutes and was lucky that the parking officers (two large men) had just unclamped another car and offered to unclamp my wheel for £75. It would have been more had I phoned them to unclamp it. It ruined my time in Haworth.
- Christine Daly

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