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The Brontës: 1820
“Brontë Country,” West Yorkshire (Part 1)

For the Brontë sisters in their childhood and young womanhood, the moorlands were a source of inspiration, and a place of freedom and delight. The windswept vegetation, bird and animal life, grey stone cottages, and isolated farms and villages of the Yorkshire moors play a central role in the Brontë novels. Despite their ostensibly exotic settings, a sense of the Yorkshire moorland also suffuses the Brontës' childhood sagas.

Charlotte Brontë wrote in her preface to the second edition of Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights that “the wild moors of the north of England can for [strangers] have no interest.” Yet she and her sisters have been responsible for transforming what she saw as a “monotonous” but much-loved natural setting into one of the most famous literary landscapes in the English-speaking world.

Map of Brontë country, showing Briery Close and Cowan Bridge to Scarborough and Bridlington [5 May 1986]

Map of Brontë country, showing Haworth and vicinity, West Yorkshire [12 August 1986]

The Brontë Bridge, West Yorkshire [15 April 1983]

The Brontë Seat, West Yorkshire [15 April 1983]

Brontë Waterfall, West Yorkshire [15 April 1983]

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