Why Should You Visit Bronte Country, Haworth?

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 [...]