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The Brontës: 1844
Top Withins, West Yorkshire (Part 1)

Top Withins is a site high on Haworth Moor, near the Pennine Way, which commands extensive views of the surrounding West Yorkshire countryside. High Withins, an Elizabethan farmhouse owned for many years by the Heaton family, and derelict even in Emily Brontë's time, was situated there.

High Withins is said to be the original site for the Wuthering Heights of Emily Brontë's novel. The name comes from a dialect word used especially in Yorkshire and Lancashire. To “wither” (or “wuther”) means to tremble, shake, shiver, flutter, or in the case of wind, bluster or rage.


View from Top Withins, West Yorkshire [15 April 1983]


Path leading to High Withins farmhouse, West Yorkshire (model for Wuthering Heights in Emily Brontë's novel of the same name) [15 April 1983]


Ruins of High Withins farmhouse, West Yorkshire (Site of Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights) [15 April 1983]


Plaque near High Withins farmhouse, Top Withins, West Yorkshire (Site of Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights) [15 April 1983]

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