The Bronte Parsonage Museum in Haworth is probably one of the most moving and interesting places that I’ve ever been to. It is located in Yorkshire and even just the journey into the village was beautiful with the traditional shops and cobbled roads which made the whole experience much more inspiring as it portrayed exactly what it would have looked like when the Bronte sisters lived there.
The parsonage itself was full of history and each of the rooms inside told their own stories. Downstairs there was Mr Bronte’s Study where his magnifying glass that he used for reading and some other belongings of his were displayed and the Dining Room which is the most important room as it was where Charlotte, Emily and Anne did their writing and it is said that Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights was written here. This room also contains the sofa on which Emily is believed to have died. You can also see their Kitchen and Charlottes husband-to-be Arthur Bell Nicholls’ study.
As you follow the stairs up, you can go in each of the bedrooms which again have stories of their own. Charlotte’s room is the main bedroom of the house as this was where Mrs Bronte died in 1821 leaving her sister Elizabeth to raise the children. It was here their Aunt taught the girls the skills they would need such as needlework and domestics. However, when Arthur and Charlotte married they then move into this room and it was here that Charlotte died nine months later and the room now contains Charlottes personal items such as her dresses and shoes. Mr Bronte’s bedroom is also situated there where his son Branwell died in 1848 due to his addiction to alcohol, Mr Bronte therefore shared this room with him before his death in order to watch over him. Upstairs also situates the servants room, the childrens study, Branwells Studio, and the Exhibition Room.
On the cobbled road outside there is old sweet shops, gift shops and cafes which is friendly and adds to the Victorian setting and atmosphere.
Love it love it love it and cannot wait to start reading Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights.