Haworth is a village in Bradford, a tourist destination known for it's association with the Bronte sisters, and somewhere we visit fairly often. I've previously posted about our trips there but as we had a drive out last Saturday, I thought I'd take some more photos and post about it again. Why not, it's such a lovely place.
The Bronte sisters wrote most of their novels whilst living at Haworth Parsonage. The Parsonage is now a museum and houses furniture and clothes once belonging to the Brontes, as well as some of their personal possessions.
Looking from the house, you can see St Michael and All Angels Church where Patrick Bronte was perpetual curate.
There was once a gate at the bottom of the garden which lead to the church.
Between the house and the church is the graveyard, though none of the Brontes lie at rest here. The Bronte family, with the exception of Anne who is buried in St Mary's churchyard in Scarborough, are buried in a crypt beneath the east end of the church.
To the side of the Parsonage is the school room. Charlotte held her wedding reception here in 1854.
All the Brontes, Charlotte, Branwell, Emily and Anne taught in the school.
The stone plaque tells us that the school was built in 1832 and restored in 1966.
I love the little cobbled streets around Haworth.
The Kings Arms is just round the corner from the church and sits at the top of Main Street. It was built in the 17th century and was once the courthouse. Over the years it has even been used by the local undertaker to store bodies in the cellars.
Main Street is steep and cobbled which just adds to the charm of this village.
There are all manner of independent shops here and you just never know what you might find while you're exploring them. There's gift shops, vintage shops, bookshops, a lovely bakery, cafes, tearooms, a chocolate shop, food shops, galleries and more.
My favourite of all the shops is The Cabinet of Curiosities. This was the old Victorian druggists and apothecary shop and it's been restored to its former glory by its present owners. Here you can buy handmade candles, soap and bath powders, bath bombs and lotions and potions amongst so many other things. At the back of the shop you'll find a whole selection of beautiful books, mostly classics, I don't know how I resisted buying any. They also sell gifts and homewares.
Of course, there's a traditional sweet shop too. Here you can buy loose sweeties from jars just like we used to do when I was little.
I love the signs on the side of this shop and how you look down Main Street with the hills and moorlands in the distance.
There's also cottages on Main Street, some of them are lived in and some are holiday lets. This old fashioned bike was being used as a planter outside one of the cottages, look who's hitching a ride.
I just love these piggies taking it easy on the windowsill inside another cottage.
I always forget that once I've walked down Main Street I've got walk back up again. Believe me, it's steeper than it looks in this photo, but not to worry, the bakery's up there and there's a sausage roll with my name on it!
Our trip to Haworth was a spur of the moment thing, we hadn't planned it and sometimes it's more enjoyable when you just hop in the car and head off. We had a lovely couple of hours, however, we weren't done yet. I'll tell you more in my next post.