Haworth village and its parsonage will for ever be linked inextricably with one nineteenth-century literary family. For it was here, in 1821, that Patrick Brontë, an Irish Anglican clergyman, came from Thornton to be curate. He brought his three young daughters and son, and the sisters grew up to become quite the most remarkable literary phenomenon of the century. As children in Haworth they knew the streets and the houses, the moors and the people.
Indeed, as this excellent book reveals, many of the characters in the Brontë novels were based upon real Haworth folk – some of whom recognised themselves in the women’s novels and were not at all happy with how they had been portrayed – while the moors above the village figure prominently and famously as the haunt of the brooding Heathcliff in Emily’s greatest work Wuthering Heights.
Yet, as Michael Baumber’s highly readable A history of Haworth from earliest times shows, there is so much more to the story of Haworth. From the arrival to the area of the first settlers 15,000 years ago, the author narrates a long and fascinating history, through the Norman and medieval periods, on to the Civil Wars and the Industrial Revolution.
Michael Baumber was Head of History at Greenhead Grammar School, Keighley, from 1969 to 1987. He has previously published two books about Keighley and Haworth. He has also written a biography of Admiral Blake and is a contributor to the new Dictionary of National Biography and to the forthcoming Companion to Brontë Studies to be published by Cambridge University Press.
- Author: Michael Baumber
- Binding: Hardback
- ISBN: 978-1-85936-156-6
- Pages: 336
- Illustrations: 170 photographs and maps
- Date of Publication: 15 December 2009
- Dimensions: 243 × 169 mm