Haworth: Heart of Bronte Country

Whatever Haworth might have been in the past, today it’s Brontë country. This old stone-built textile village on the edge of the Yorkshire Moors long ago gave up its own personality and allowed itself to be taken over by the literary sisters, their powerful novels, and legions of fans. In 1820, when Anne, Emily, and Charlotte were very young, their father relocated them and their other three siblings away from their old home in Bradford to Haworth. The sisters—Emily (author of Wuthering Heights, 1847), Charlotte (Jane Eyre, 1847), and Anne (The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, 1848) were all affected by the stark, dramatic countryside.

These days, it seems that every building they ever glanced at has been turned into a memorial, shop, or museum. The Haworth Visitor Center has good information about accommodations, maps, books on the Brontës, and inexpensive leaflets to help you find your way to such outlying Wuthering Heights sites as Ponden Hall (Thrushcross Grange) and Ponden Kirk (Penistone Crag).

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