Some of our most en­dur­ing sto­ries were con­ceived at this York­shire par­son­age. Jeremy Mus­son en­joys a lit­er­ary pil­grim­age to its re­cently re­stored in­te­ri­ors

Country Life Every Week - - My Favourite Painting - Pho­to­graphs by Justin Paget

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-

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