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Haworth Village 

Haworth is a beautiful village in West Yorkshire, England. The surrounding areas include Oakworth & Oxenhope. Nearby villages include Cross Roads, Stanbury & Lumbfoot.

 

Haworth is famous the world over for its connections with the Bronte sisters, the famous novelists. In 2016 the British Television film about the Bronte family was filmed in Haworth and the surrounding countryside.

The Keighley and Worth Valley Railway and the surrounding towns and villages were used extensively in the 1970 film The Railway Children where the children.stand on the bridge at Haworth and watch the vintage steam trains puff their way up and down the valley.

The real-world KVWR is a standard gauge branch line which joins the national railway network at Keighley in the north east of England and runs 5-miles up the Worth Valley to Oxenhope. Other stations on the Line are at Ingrow, Damems, Oakworth.

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The girl fight scene in Rita, Sue & Bob too was filmed on the  quaint cobbled street, lined with teahouses and tiny gift shops

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Haworth also now boasts its credentials as the World’s First Fair Trade Village. On 22 November 2002 Haworth was granted Fairtrade Village status. On 21 October 2005, Haworth Fairtrade officially signed an agreement to twin with Machu Picchu in Peru.

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Haworth Brass band

The Haworth Band is a long-established and celebrated brass band. The Band strives to serve the local community and to provide a forum for musicians of any age who enjoy playing music in an ensemble. .History records indicate that there was a brass band at Ponden, close by in 1854 with a body of excellent performers. It was founded by John Heaton who lived at Ponden. The band played at a celebration in Haworth at the conclusion of the Crimean War. "

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Haworth cobbled street

The Main Street is full of friendly pubs, galleries, cafes and interesting gift shops.

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At the top of the cobbled street by  the parish church (the Church of St. Michael and All Angels ) you will find the village stocks.  These were often used as punishment for offenders.

Haworth, St Michael's Church - The Bronte Church

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Bronte memorial tablet

St Michael and All Angels' Church is known as 'The Bronte Church' for its association with the Bronte family, who lived at the nearby Parsonage.

Reverend Patrick Bronte, father of the famous Bronte sisters preached at the church. He outlived his wife and all six of his children, and  they were all  buried at the church in a family vault, except for one daughter,  Anne, who died whilst on a visit to Scarborough, and is buried there.

Brontë was succeeded by Rev Wade who in 1879 had all but the clocktower of the old church demolished and rebuilt as it is today. 

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Bronte parsonage
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Bronte parsonage museum

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The Bronte Parsonage Museum is the former home of the world's most famous literary family and the place where Charlotte, Emily and Anne wrote some of the greatest novels in the English Language. The Brontë Parsonage Museum, was their home from 1820 to 1861 and the place where great, romantic novels such as 'Jane Eyre' and 'Wuthering Heights' were written.

They produced an astonishing amount of work, much of it based around imaginary realms they created called Angria and Gondal. The sisters used some of their aunt's legacy to publish a collection of poems, hiding their true identities under the pseudonyms Currer, Acton, and Ellis Bell.

Visitors can tour through the different rooms and enjoy roaming through the beautiful garden. The Brontë Parsonage Museum is one of over 200 attractions around the UK that Blue Peter badge holders can get into for free.

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The old school room is tucked between the parsonage museum and St Michael and All Angels' Church. 

In 1820 Patrick Brontë was appointed perpetual curate of St Michael and All Angels. The Brontë family moved into the Parsonage, which was to be their home for the rest of their lives.

A passionate social reformer, Patrick Brontë Knew well the benefits of education for children, and strove for a number of years to establish a school within Haworth. To achieve his aim of founding a Haworth school he set about obtaining subscriptions locally and from national charities, and after 11 years his goal was achieved and the school was opened.

It is known that Charlotte, Emily, Anne and Branwell all taught at the school.

Called La Famille de Cuivre [the Copper Family]. Made by Craig Dyson in 2014 from about 28,000 donated tuppences.

Central Park

Central Park an English Heritage Grade II listed park and conservation area  located at the bottom of the Main Street in the valley, is a very pleasant place to relax after you have visited the church and museum and trawled through all the gift shops.

The excellence of the flower displays in Central Park contributed towards it achievement of a Green Flag for excellence. There are two bedding displays per year, in spring and summer.

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