Bronte Birthplace

Shibden Hall and the Wuthering Heights Connection

‘Wuthering Heights’, the house in Emily Bronte’s novel of that name, has long been associated with Top Withens, the derelict farmhouse on the moors near Haworth, yet this house bears very little resemblance to the house in the book. Law Hill House, Southowram, about 2 miles from Shibden Hall, was considered by Mrs Humphrey Ward (see Introduction … Continue reading »

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Mary Taylor was a close friend of Charlotte Bronte, and a source of inspiration to her. They met, together with Ellen Nussey, at Roe Head School in January 1831 when Charlotte was 14, and Mary and Ellen were 13 – and they all continued to correspond for the rest of Charlotte’s life. Ellen was someone … Continue reading »

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Thornton and the Bronte Birthplace

“My happiest days were spent there”; so said Rev. Patrick Bronte of the five years he spent at Thornton. The Bronte family, then consisting of Patrick, his wife Maria Branwell, whom he had married in 1812, and his two oldest children Maria and Elizabeth, moved to Thornton from the parish of Hartshead-cum-Clifton in !815. Here … Continue reading »

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