Some of our most enduring stories were conceived at this Yorkshire parsonage. Jeremy Musson enjoys a literary pilgrimage to its recently restored interiors
The Brontë Parsonage Museum, Haworth, North Yorkshire, in the care of the Brontë Society
Arelatively humble North yorkshire parsonage occupies a remarkable place in the story of english literature (Fig 1). it was the home of the rev Patrick Brontë, a widower, where three of the children he raised there, Charlotte, emily and anne, became published novelists of lasting repute. each generation discovers these extraordinary books for themselves and few readers of Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights or The Tenant of Wildfell Hall can fail to be curious about the stone walls that contained the short but productive lives of their authors.
it was, in its way, a dignified and secure home, but not without its pri-