Haworth Church, Yorkshire

Church 3

I couldn’t go to Haworth and not take some photos of the church which is more or less right next to the parsonage. The Brontes were actually buried inside the church, I suppose that’s one of the ‘perks’ of having the minister as your father! As the church isn’t usually open it means that most visitors to Haworth don’t actually get to see the Bronte stones, presumably there are inscriptions.

Church 1

Ever since I read years ago that Patrick Bronte didn’t take his meals with his family I’ve had a real dislike for the man and when I went on the tour of the house a couple of years ago the guide’s talk made me dislike Pa Bronte even more.

I suppose we can expect Victorian men to be selfish as a matter of course but I think he must have been worse than most and I think when his poor wife died, probably of cervical cancer and after being worn out by him and constant pregnancies, it must have been quite a relief for the poor woman in the end. It wasn’t long before Patrick Bronte started proposing marriage to other women, luckily none of them were daft enough to accept him.

Church 2

According to the guide he also had a habit of leaning out of the parsonage windows and taking pot shots at the church tower with a gun! It’s certainly pock-marked with what looks like bullet damage, I think he must have had more than a few screws loose.

4 thoughts on “Haworth Church, Yorkshire

  1. Interesting history of Patrick Bronte.

    Shame you cannot get to see inside the church and their gravestones/inscriptions as they are probably quite fascinating.

    Lovely photos, you can imagine the Brontes there.

    • Jo,
      I suspect that the church has a good amount of people in the congregation each Sunday who are only there to try to see the Bronte inscriptions. I would be one of them if I were ever to visit Haworth on a Sunday!

  2. I have been to this church twice this year and it was open to the public both times i have photos of the Stained glass on my deviant art page http://richardldixon.deviantart.com/

    the Brontes are Burried in the Crypt under the church and i didnt find a way to see the graves ..its possible they are not open to the public and may even be sealed anyway.

    • R L Dixon,
      We must just have been unlucky that the church wasn’t open then, we’ll be going back to Haworth again at Easter so fingers crossed. Thanks for the link to your art page. I love stained glass and painted glass but find it difficult to photograph, yours look lovely and bright. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

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