Haworth ~ Bronte Country

I’ve wanted to visit the Bronte Parsonage for years. Though I’ve read a pitiful amount from the infamous Bronte sisters so far, the history and literature lovers inside me bound together and willed me go. And so after all those years of waiting, I went.


‘…when the setting sun shone on it and the topmost heights, and the whole extent of landscape besides lay in shadow.’ {Emily Bronte}

With Haworth being a small village tucked away amongst the Yorkshire countryside, I found it amusing how entirely they took up the Bronte name. Driving in, we knew instantly when we were nearby – everything was suddenly named after the Brontes. They’re a proud folk, and have every right to be.

There aren’t many buildings that have kept their history as well as the Bronte Parsonage. It will forever blow my mind, knowing I walked in the exact rooms where the Brontes lived their everyday lives. That the words I’ve read and studied were pulled into being in those very rooms almost two centuries ago.


[Top: Emily’s diary paper from June 1837, showing a sketch of her and Anne at the dining room table. Bottom: A recreation of Branwell Bronte’s study.]


I love how the parsonage has kept as close to its history as possible. The decor in each room was replicated to minute detail, the museum brochure explaining how they found out the exact shade of paint used on the walls or which pattern the wallpaper happened to be. Quotes were pulled from Elizabeth Gaskell’s biography of Charlotte Bronte, being one of her close friends and knowing a lot of the details that would likely have been lost to us. All these things make them seem human again, where the legacy of the Bronte name seems to have spun the sisters into myth.

In a way, it was a bittersweet visit. Walking around the village and their home, seeing the building they taught in next door and knowing they lived their lives here, never anticipating how much they’d come to effect the history of English Literature. It makes me sad to think they never would have seen the extent of their success, knowing them as enthusiastic women eager to publish in a society that frowned upon women doing such a thing. Now look at them go – three of the most well known names in English Literature, and studied to this very day!


‘It is not so buried in trees…and it is not quite so large, but you can see the country beautifully all round.’ {Emily Bronte}

I hope Haworth will become a place I know well. I hope that as I read more of their books, I’ll come to know the Bronte sisters much better as individuals, and learn more about their histories separately as well as on the whole. But for now, I’ve had my first taste of Haworth and the Parsonage, and I’m sure there’ll be many to come.

Until next time…


5 thoughts on “Haworth ~ Bronte Country

  1. I originally thought that this was going to be a book review of a certain book but was pleasantly surprised nonetheless.

    I also find it sad that their work became a lot more appreciated after their deaths.

    I haven’t read much from the Brontes. Just Jane Eyre which I found had such beautiful prose but the premise was somewhat… lacking? <– never thought I'd be able to use those words xD

    I'm glad you got to experience this trip!

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    1. Thank you! I get what you mean with Jane Eyre, it’s an awfully long book considering the amount of events that actually happen. Still, I can’t help but love it πŸ™‚


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