Victorian hygiene campaigner Benjamin Babbage is spending his Easter holidays in Haworth.

He is showing visitors the awful truth about how dirty and disease-ridden the village was in the olden days.

Benjamin last week began a series of local walks in the style of the popular Horrible Histories children’s books.

Babbage – aka actor David Broadley dressed as the character – will continue the walks today, Tuesday and on April 11.

The real Babbage was invited to Haworth in 1850 by the Reverend Patrick Brontë, father of the famous Brontë sisters, following concern about the high rate of early mortality.

Babbage was horrified by the insanitary conditions in the village, and his report on the water supply and lack of a sewerage system resulted in improvements.

The walks are free with admission to the Brontë Parsonage Museum, and begin each day at 11am and 2pm by the museum shop. Visit for details.