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The Brontës: 1816
Thorton, North Yorkshire

Charlotte, Branwell, Emily and Anne Brontë were all born in Thornton, a moorland township in Yorkshire, four miles west of Bradford. Charlotte Brontë was born on 21 April 1816; Patrick Branwell Brontë on 26 June 1817; Emily Jane Brontë on 30 July 1818; and Anne Brontë on 17 January 1820.

Reverend Patrick Brontë was perpetual curate in Thornton from May 1815 to April 1820, ministering as well to nearby villages inhabited mainly by quarry workers, loom-weavers, and farm laborers.

The Brontë's small, stone-built parsonage (which still stands), faced busy Market Street, but had a yard and barn to the rear. Reverend Brontë renovated the Old Bell Chapel (built ca. 1612) where he preached his sermons. The chapel is now in ruins.


Brontë birthplace, 74 High Street, Thornton, West Yorkshire [15 April 1983]


Brontë birthplace tablet, 74 High Street, Thornton, West Yorkshire [15 April 1983]

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