Penistone Hill in Haworth is perhaps the most fitting of locations for the filming of a major new BBC drama series about Haworth’s most famous literary family the Brontes. To Walk Invisible will be filmed in and around Haworth during the months of May and June with the BBC promising to turn back the clock and transform Haworth’s famous Main Street to its former Victorian glory. A full-sized replica of Bronte Parsonage and its surrounding buildings is currently being built on the stunning, but windy wilds of Penistone Hill between Haworth and Stanbury. This much anticipated BBC drama has been penned by Happy Valley and Last Tango in Halifax creator Sally Wainwright, with Johnathan Pryce of Game of Thrones fame, cast as the Bronte’s father Patrick. Chloe Pirrie (War and Peace) will play Emily, Finn Atkins (Common) will play Charlotte and Charlie Murphy (Happy Valley) will take on the role of youngest sister Anne. To Walk Invisible promises to take a look at this most famous of literary families, focusing on the incredible obstacles the sisters had to overcome in order to write some of the greatest novels in the English language. Writer and director Sally Wainwright says: “This is such an exciting and ambitious project, and we have already had a huge amount of interest in it. Something about the lives of these three brilliant, talented Yorkshire women seems to touch people at a very deep level. I am honoured that the BBC have asked me to bring to life this fascinating family in a story set in the heart of West Yorkshire. We have a wonderful cast and I am delighted to be working alongside Karen Lewis (producer) again, and with Faith Penhale.” While the people of Haworth were already excited at the prospect of seeing their famous cobbled Main Street dressed for TV, the news that the BBC will be requesting local volunteers to perform as extras on this lavish TV production has got the whole village talking. Check out our aerial photographs of the Parsonage set in its current state and check back for future updates as the work continues apace.
Wyedean has been manufacturing military uniform accessories in Haworth for over 50 years, since 1964. One of the first challenges it faced upon its inception, was the uprooting of large, textile, narrow fabric looms, moving them the length of the country and then settling them back into production in Haworth. Wyedean was formally founded on 7th April, 1964, by David Angus Wright who was born in 1921 and educated just outside Haworth, at Keighley Boys’ Grammar School. Many of Wyedean’s current staff are from Haworth and the surrounding areas, and it is a community the company continues to support. Haworth remains a popular tourist destination for a variety reasons: Most notably it was home to the famous Brontë sisters. Haworth is an undisputed literary mecca, attracting visitors from all around the world. With its historic cobbled Main Street, iconic parsonage museum and rolling moors, the picturesque proportions of this Airedale village exude a vintage charm that makes you feel like you've stepped into another era. If you take the time to explore the wilderness of the stunning Brontë countryside, you can see where the famous sisters got their inspiration for their well-known novels Wuthering Heights, Jayne Eyre and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. Haworth Church While the Brontë sisters are famous worldwide for their literary successes, their father Patrick was well known more locally within the village due to his role as the curate of Haworth Parish Church. In fact every member of the Brontë family, except Ann who died from consumption in Scarborough, was buried in a tomb beneath Haworth Parish Church (also known as the Church of St. Michael and All Angels) which was rebuilt after the Brontë’s death. Haworth Parish Church was constructed between 1879 and 1881, and, although little remains of the previous buildings, parts of the present church tower formed parts of both the medieval church building as well as the one that Patrick Brontë would have used. Many historical connections between both the Anglican and Methodist movements are still present. Together with St Gabriel’s church, in the nearby village of Stanbury, Haworth Parish church is currently in the middle of fulfilling a five year plan to repair and restore both church buildings. In 2012 after tirelessly raising money, and with the help of several grants, the roofs were finally able to be repaired. Members of the congregation have also worked hard to raise around £10,000 from events such as master baking classes, fayres and concerts. Wyedean values being a part of the Haworth community and made its own donations in order to help repair the roofs. If you would like to make a contribution to Haworth Church you can do so here. Bronte Parsonage Museum One of the more popular local walks is the Passionate Brontë Walking Tour. For more information see here. There isn’t a huge amount of walking involved, but you cover the key areas around Brontë Parsonage, and it’s suitable for nearly all ages and abilities. Be sure to head for [...]