Bells ring on double day of joy in Haworth

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A special wedding anniversary was celebrated at the Bronte Parsonage Museum in Haworth.

A day of free activities took place on Saturday to mark 200 years since Patrick Bronte and Maria Branwell tied the knot.

The couple – who married at Guiseley Church – became parents to famous literary sisters Charlotte, Emily and Anne and their brother Branwell.

They also had two other daughters, Maria and Elizabeth, who died in childhood.

‘Mrs Bronte’ toured the museum, formerly the family’s home, on Saturday.

There was also a short talk at intervals throughout the day about Patrick and Maria’s courtship and wedding, a chance to handle period costume items, children’s activities in the foyer and free wedding cake.

A museum spokesman said the event was very well attended and the talks were extremely popular.

The anniversary was also marked with a full peal of bells at Haworth Parish Church. The six bells in the parish church tower were cast in 1845, with money raised by Patrick Bronte. The largest, the tenor bell, weighs more than half-a-tonne.

The full peal, which was also carried out at Guiseley Church, comprises more than 5,000 changes.

Six people took part at Haworth and completed the 5,040 changes in two hours 47 minutes.

The event also, coincidentally, fell on the 39th wedding anniversary of the current priest-in-charge, the Reverend Peter Mayo-Smith, and his wife Eileen.

The Haworth bell ringers welcome new members. Contact Simon Burnett on 01535 643928 or 07815 186074 for further information.

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