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New book follows Haworth's Bronte family’s lives in pictures
The Bronte sisters’ lives and works were closely linked to the village and moors where they spent most of their time.
But a new book shows that Haworth was not the only inspiration for the novels that made them famous.
In the Footsteps of the Brontes traces the family’s journeys around the country during the 19th century.
As well as highlighting Haworth, Stanbury and Lothersdale, it features places like York, Scarborough, Wycoller and Todmorden.
The book is a collaboration between Bronte Parsonage Museum collections manager Ann Dinsdale – an experienced writer of books about the Brontes – and social historian and photographer Mark Davies.
Released by Amberley Publishing, the book features 94 pages of photographs and drawings from the times of the Brontes.
Each image is accompanied by a colour photograph of the same location in the present day.
Ann and Mark’s journey begins in Cambridge with the arrival of Patrick Bronte from Ireland, then follows him through his early career, courtship and marriage in places like Shropshire, Dewsbury and Thornton.
Much of the book concentrates on the Brontes’ time in Haworth, including well-known locations like the Bronte waterfalls, Top Withens and the Parsonage.
There are detours to places like Cowan Bridge, Todmorden, Mirfield, Birstwith and Southowram which played parts in the young lives of Charlotte, Emily, Anne, or their brother Branwell.
Ann said: “The photographs in the book provide a fascinating visual record of places that are associated with the Brontes’ lives and works.
“It was established from early on that the houses and settings of all the Bronte novels have real-life counterparts. Charlotte’s letters indicate that she would often take real people and places as a starting point for her fiction.”
In the Footsteps of the Brontes costs £14.99. Visit amberley-books.com.
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