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The Brontës: 1848
Gomersal, West Yorkshire

Birstall was an extensive parish forming part of the Gomersal Township in the woollen district of West Yorkshire. Charlotte Brontë often visited the Nussey family there, in particular Ellen Nussey, a close friend she had made from the days at Margaret Wooler's school at Roe Head. The Nussey family, were, like most residents of that area, involved in the wool trade.

The Nussey residence, Oakwell Hall, was built in 1583 and altered in the 17th century. It stood amidst spacious grounds in the northern part of the parish. It was also Charlotte's model for Fieldhead in Shirley.


Oakwell Hall, Birstall, Gomersal, West Yorkshire; Fieldhead in Shirley [1 May 1985]


Great Hall in Oakwell Hall, Birstall, Gomersal, West Yorkshire [1 May 1985]


Oakwell Hall interior, Birstall, Gomersal, West Yorkshire [1 May 1985]


Dining Hall of Oakwell Hall, Birstall, Gomersal, West Yorkshire [1 May 1985]


Bedroom in Oakwell Hall, Birstall, Gomersal, West Yorkshire [1 May 1985]

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