Come with me on a voyage of discovery!
Helen’s Heritage Walks around Haworth and other parts of West Yorkshire are about discovering the fascinating history behind what is now known as Bronte Country – the people and their activities that helped make this area what it is today.
The West Riding of Yorkshire – as it used to be called – was at the heart of the industrial revolution because of its abundance of natural resources – fast flowing rivers tumbling down from the peaty moors, hard gritstone rocks, rich deposits of coal and iron, and, of course, the gritty Northern people! This history has left its mark on the landscape and on its people – and these marks tell stories that I would like to share with you…
The Bronte sisters, Charlotte, Emily and Anne, are renowned for being strongly influenced by the landscape – and they knew how to tell a good story! They probably inherited this from their Celtic roots: their father, Patrick Bronte, was from Northern Ireland, and their mother, born Maria Branwell, was from Cornwall. Both were writers. Did you know Charlotte was said to have spoken with an Irish accent when at school? Their brother, Patrick Branwell, known as Branwell, was also a good storyteller – he used to be summoned by the landlord of the Black Bull to entertain his guests!
My Bronte walks are unique in that they focus on Charlotte, Emily and Anne’s fictional and poetic writing. On these Bronte Country walks you will hear the extracts from their novels and some of their poetry as you discover more about the people and places that inspired them to write their famous novels:
Jane Eyre, Shirley, Villette, by Charlotte Bronte
Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte
Agnes Grey, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, by Anne Bronte.
Local Heritage Walks
My local heritage walks are about discovering, or re-discovering, your local heritage – the people and places that helped to make the area what it is today. It is often surprising what is there, which you may have taken for granted. Walking in a group is also a social experience, and you will meet other people interested in the history of the area, some with special memories that they want to share. I always welcome contributions from the people who come on my walks. Our heritage is a precious thing that will only survive if it is shared.
Charlotte & Emily Bronte images reproduced by permission of Bradford Libraries, Archives and Information Service