Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Haworth, West Yorkshire

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It's sometimes quite difficult choosing a title image that is attractive, grabs the attention of the viewer and is the essence of the post. With that thought in mind and what's currently in my head, I'm not sure that I'm going to achieve any of that particularly as I have been absent for so long on other travels !!

Following on from the previous post and the James Bond Ball I attended, I was given an invitation at the dinner table by a fellow guest (someone who I shall refer to as "Stockped") to a similar event in Manchester. Despite having passed it on the motorway on numerous occasions, it was an opportunity to meet new people and see how the city had progressed since I last visited it during my first year of rail travel.

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Couldn't get into this Bed and Breakfast !! .. haha
I was fortunate to have the preceding week off work and I was interested in attending another event on the way. Haworth was the ideal location for a three night stay to attend the first event and explore undiscovered parts of the area.

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Avid readers will realise immediately that Haworth is famous for and was home to the Brontë family. The father, Patrick Brontë, was employed in several trades in Northern Ireland before deciding to become a teacher and subsequently a Church of England minister.

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To the Parsonage
After studying theology in Cambridge, he took on a series of pastoral roles in Essex, Shropshire and nearby Guiseley and eventually settled in The Parsonage in Haworth.

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Life in the West Yorkshire area wasn't pleasant for the majority with poor working and social conditions giving rise to ill health and disease, a topic that is enforced upon the visitor during the tour of  The Parsonage ... it makes grim reading !

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Parsonage and Sunday school 
Patrick was not only known for his sermons from the pulpit but also as a local health and education reformer with the creation of a clean water supply and the building of the sunday school.

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The health of his family may have been the inspiration for the action on health but it was unfortunate that he outlived all of his six children.

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The sisters Charlotte, Emily and Anne shared their creative experiences with each other in a downstairs writing room often running around the central table in the room. The content of their books (Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall ) was very much influenced by their life experiences which can be sampled by both visiting Haworth and The Parsonage.

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From a personal point of view, the house seems to be a place of pilgrimage for many Brontë fans from all around the world ....

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How exciting to be here  ... LOL !!
... who probably know the tragic personal stories. In my opinion, they are in for a reality check when they arrive as they discover that it was probably the so called ....

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... "chocolate box" looking village that it took it's toll. The call to a needy parish was the ultimate price of his family.

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Branwell, the only son had an interest in writing but wanted to pursue a career in Art with his most famous painting being the one of his three sisters and the erased image of himself from the canvas. The evidence suggests that Branwell occasionally underachieved and avoided further training in London in favour of The Black Bull behind his fathers church (the building that preceded the church in the photo) ...

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... and some drugs from the shop across the street, now a famous tourist destination for other sales ...       http://www.rose-apothecary.co.uk

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Tourist Information, Railway Children film location
                         
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On a lighter note, Haworth is trying to bring a bit of colour into the Pennine stone these days from the business's that survive on tourism.

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Yorkshire food ...
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... takeaways  ;-) ....

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... Ice cream  (always read the label ! ) ...
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... and Yorkshire tea !!!

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As some of the creatures seemed quite dangerous .....


One thing I did notice were the village cats, they were everywhere ... outside the shops ...

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... outside the pub ...

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... and even in the church !!!

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...  one could assume that even though the telephone box was a little to late for Branwell to get some some help ...  it's always useful for something  !!!  ...

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6 comments:

  1. A great look round. You caught it on a good and clement day. You, as always, have done it proud.

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  2. Great photos and fun post, J! You'd think that Branwell could have ventured a bit farther afield to kick back a pint or two. And I love the cat-in-the-church photo. Is it an Anglican church? I think my German Shepherd would have preferred a Lutheran church. Your dog reading the label [photo] is fun! You always have such amazing photos and it makes me want to visit wherever you photograph. lol
    The caption under the B&B photo could be taken about 3 different ways. Very funny. :-)

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  3. Pure quality as always with this post J... Wonderful images and a super tour..thanks for allowing us to enjoy it.

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  4. Had mixed emotions reading your post - serious for the history part and smiling widely on some captions. Very entertaining, Jayz. Always happy to read new post and see wonderful photos from you. Stay safe.

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  5. Wonderful photos--and always interesting to "take the tour" with you. Hope all is well with you and that your Mother is getting along very well too. Thanks for the interesting post. Mickie :)

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  6. Very interesting, thankyou for the information. You took a great set of photos to illustrate the Haworth.

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