Parsonage was built in 1778 -9. On the 20th April 1820 Patrick
Bronte, his wife Maria and their six children, moved to the Parsonage
Patrick Bronte's death in 1861 his successor, the Revd. John Wade
added the gable wing on to the right of the Parsonage. Take a
degree view outside here...
you enter the house a door on the left is the Dining Room and
on the right the door leads into Mr Bronte's Study. 360
panorama of the Entrance Hall here...
Inside the dining room is where Charlotte, Emily and Anne did
most of their writing. Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre and Agnes
Grey were written here. The Bronte sisters had a routine of
walking around the table in the evening planning their novels
and other projects.
Above the fireplace is a copy of the pencil portrait of Charlotte
Bronte by George Richmond. The black sofa is where Emily is supposed
to have died. Above the sofa is a plaster medallion, a profile
of Branwell. 360
panorama of the dining room here...
Mr Bronte's study is where Patrick Bronte carried out his daily
work on behalf of the Parish. Letters raising the poor sanitation
in Haworth were written here. On the table is a magnifying glass
to help Patrick Bronte read, his sight became poor, and at age
69 it was necessary for him to have a cataract operation in Manchester.
The upright piano was used by the children who were capable musician's,
Branwell played the organ at Haworth Church. 360
panorama of Mr Bronte's Study here...
Kitchen is to the rear of the house. The Bronte children would
often listen to their servant Tabby tell of stories about Haworth
and the moors. After Aunt Branwell died in 1842 Emily took on
the role of housekeeper helping out in the kitchen. 360
panorama of the kitchen here...
The door to the left of the range is access to the gable wing
which was built after the Bronte's and now houses the library
which is private.
from the kitchen is Mr Nicholl's Study. It appears that the room
used to be a store room and had access to the outside. In 1854
Charlotte had the room changed to a study for the use of her husband
Revd. Arthur Bell Nicholls. 360
panorama of Mr Nicholl's Study here...
on up to the first floor, halfway up the stairs is a long case
clock made by Barraclough of Haworth. It is said Mr Bronte would
wind it up every night at nine o'clock.
On the opposite wall hangs a copy of the portrait of Charlotte
Emily and Anne by Branwell Bronte. 360
panorama on the stairs here...
Up the stairs to the first floor.
room. When the Bronte's moved from Thornton this room was Patrick's
and Maria's bedroom. When Mrs Bronte died Aunt Branwell used the
room. At about 1844 Charlotte occupied the room, when she married
her husband Arthur Bell Nicholls shared the room. Charlotte died
here on 31st March 1855. 360
panorama of Charlotte's room here...
Bronte's Bedroom. Patrick Bronte moved from what is now called
Charlotte's room after his wife Maria died in 1821, he died in
this room on the 7th June 1861 aged 84.
He is said to have discharged his guns from the bedroom window
into the graveyard every morning. Patrick Bronte knew first hand
of Luddite and Chartist unrest and kept a loaded pistol by his
bed at night for security.
As Branwell's health declined he stayed in the bedroom with his
father for his own safety. Patrick could keep and eye on his son
who was suffering from delirium tremens. Branwell Bronte died
in this room aged 31 on 24th September 1848. 360
panorama of Mr Bronte's bedroom here...
Children's Study. This room would have been wider, the hallway
and this room were made narrower in the 1850's to allow for bigger
rooms in the house. The servants recount how the children used
to play in the room telling their stories of Angria and Gondal.
It is likely that Branwell being the only boy may have used this
room for his bedroom at some time.
The Servant's Room. It is not known precisely who occupied this
room as a live-in servant, Tabby Ackroyd lived local, as did Martha
Brown. They are both buried in Haworth cemetery. To the left of
the fireplace is a section of a staircase which would have gone
panorama of the Servant's room here...
Studio. This room initially would have been a bedroom, to what
extent Branwell used it as a studio is speculation. His career
as a portrait painter was short spending some time in Bradford.
In the 1870's Revd. Wade converted this room into a corridor
to the new wing. 360
panorama of Branwell's Studio here...