Haworth Parsonage

Novel Les hauts de Hurlevent (1847)
Emily Brontë's only novel, Wuthering Heights holds a major place in British culture. In the vein of romanticism, he was born in Haworth Parsonage then that its author lives almost recluse. A place of life, now transformed into a museum, honoring the three sisters, Emily, Charlotte and Anne.
Brontë Parsonage Museum (leestuartsherriff / CC BY-SA 4.0)
Brontë Parsonage Museum (leestuartsherriff / CC BY-SA 4.0)

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Haworth Personage, home of the Brontës

In 1820, the Brontë family moved into this rectory in Haworth, Yorkshire. Patrick, the Irish pastor, is appointed reverend in the commune. After the death of his wife Maria and two of his children, he left more freedom to his three daughters Anne, Emily and Charlotte, future novelists. When they take possession of the place, Charlotte makes some changes to the decoration. She kept the mahogany furniture but decided to hang curtains, which did not please her father. Today, in this museum dedicated to the three writers, there are many objects that belonged to them.

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A recluse’s life

A social and shy person, Emily Brontë wrote her only novel, Wuthering Heights, almost reclusively in the rectory. She only allowed herself a few walks on the moors in the vicinity, which she integrates into her story, as well as a farm in Top Withens, model for the house of Heathcliff, one of the main characters. This place, in ruins today, is still visible.

A cursed presbytery

In this house, Patrick Brontë saw his children die. He died at the age of 84 in 1861. Six years earlier, Charlotte died in her room on the second floor, while Branwell, the son, succumbed to tuberculosis in 1848 in the same room. Not far from there, in Haworth, traces of the Brontë family remain, such as the Black Bull, an inn in which the son used to get drunk, but also the post office and the cemetery of St. Mary’s church. Michael & All Angels where the family vault is located.


Emily Brontë, under the pseudonym of Ellis Bell, published her novel, one year before her death in 1847.

Bronte Parsonage Museum from Haworth Churchyard by John H Darch (CC BY-SA 2.0)
Bronte Parsonage Museum from Haworth Churchyard by John H Darch (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Brontë Parsonage Museum

Opened in 1928 in the Rectory at Haworth, the Brontë Parsonage Museum is run by the Brontë Society. It provides an insight into the private lives of Anne, Charlotte and Emily Brontë, three important authors of British literature.

This building, built in 1778-1779, welcomed the Brontë family in 1820. One hundred years later, the house was transformed into a museum dedicated to the three sisters Anne, Charlotte and Emily. It has two floors and all the rooms are furnished with Victorian objects. On the ground floor, in the dining room, there is the table where the novelists wrote, a large sitting room, the kitchen and the servants’ quarters.

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