The Brontë Sisters are probably the most famous talented siblings on the planet in the literature domain. Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall – these novels are if not read by everyone, but known at the least. Living in England means living near literary temple. Basically, inside the temple.
Brontë children were born in Yorkshire, and most of their unfortunate short lives spent in Haworth – a small village near the Yorkshire dales. No wonder, that this area is associated first of all with these three extraordinary writers, whose books bare definite traces of this magnificent environment. For those, who love literature, being in Haworth is a true magic. It’s a place where every second inn is called “Brontë”, “Wuthering Heights”, every pub, café or even a real estate agencies must attach on themselves a distinguishing sign of their belonging to this great family. Strangely, it’s not even annoying. Because it feels like the sweetest hell, when a bus with “follow Heathcliff’s traces” is passing in front of you.
So what if you could stay awake till late just to find out what happened to Jane Eyre or Catherine, then you simply can’t skip this piece of world literature history.
And we will actually start with Heathcliff’s traces. Sort of. Not far from the parsonage where the Brontë lived, starts a magnificent and truly dramatic walk through the moors to the Top Withens. No green fields, just a windy empty space. Emily Brontë and her sisters were believed to walk there eventually. It is also believed, that a lonely farm on the hill inspired Emily the settings of the Wuthering Heights, and when you visit the place, it seems very likely indeed, though nothing can prove it for sure. 6 kilometers of an “off-road” walk immerse you in that very atmosphere where the state of mind of those twisted characters represent no wonder anymore. Nothing can be better, except for an evening cup of tea with milk.
Even Airbnb stays in the writer’s mood.
Brontë Parsonage is another place for the pilgrimage, for which we saved a fresh brain for impressions. It’s neat, cozy and completely occupied by the visitors of all ages. In the backyard, the hens and couple of roosters are noisily quarrelling. Several feet further – the church whose curator was Patrick Brontë imself. Inside – a tiny universe of everything that was touched by the Sisters Brontë. Or at least we allow ourselves to think this way.
Their personal belongings, as well as their father’s and brother’s, the costumes given to the museum by BBC after filming a documentary about their lives “To Walk Invisible” and an interactive exposition about the whole family history – that is what this museum has to offer.
What needs to be done after visiting Haworth is obvious – getting down rereading every Brontë novel.
Thanks to the Brontë Parsonage Museum for supporting us and supplying us with the complimentary tickets.