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The Brontës: 1830
Gomersal, West Yorkshire

The Red House, Gomersal, in Cleckheaton, West Yorkshire, was so named because of its unusual red brick construction which set it apart from the surrounding houses made of local stone. It was the home of the Taylor family, who were cloth manufacturers and exporters.

One of the daughters of the family, Mary Taylor, was a close friend of Charlotte's. They had known each other since they were fellow pupils at Roe Head School in 1831 and 1832. Charlotte often visited and stayed at the Red House in the 1830s. The Red House appears in Charlotte Brontë's Shirley, as the model for Briarmains.


The Red House, Gomersal, West Yorkshire; Home of Mary and Martha Taylor, classmates of Charlotte Brontë from the Roe Head School [1 May 1985]


The Red House, Gomersal, West Yorkshire; the model for Briarmains in Charlotte Brontë's Shirley [1 May 1985]


Parlor, The Red House, Gomersal, West Yorkshire [1 May 1985]


Stairway, The Red House, Gomersal, West Yorkshire [1 May 1985]


Bedroom, The Red House, Gomersal, West Yorkshire [1 May 1985]


Original site of the stained-glass windows, The Red House, Gomersal, West Yorkshire [1 May 1985]


Luddite Display, The Red House, Gomersal, West Yorkshire [1 May 1985]

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