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Patrick Bronte Chronology



17/03/1777
Patrick Bronte was born at Emdale, Drumballyroney, County Down, Ireland.

15/04/1783
Maria Branwell was born at Penzance, Cornwall.

01/10/1802
Patrick Bronte aged 25 registered as a student at St John's College Cambridge.

03/10/1802
Patrick Bronte a student at St Johns College Cambridge, changed the spelling of his name from Brunty to Bronte.

23/04/1806
Patrick Bronte was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree.

01/01/1809
Patrick Bronte conducted his last parish duty at St Mary Magdalene Church, of Wethersfield in Essex, performing a burial.

He had taken the post of curate in the autumn of 1806.

05/12/1809
Patrick Bronte began his curacy at Dewsbury

29/12/1812
Patrick Bronte and Maria Branwell were married at Guiseley Church.

19/11/1819
The resignation of the Revd. Samuel Redhead from the Perpetual Curacy of Haworth was officially recorded by the Bradford Parish Clerk.

Redhead had the shortest stay lasting just 3 weeks due to outrage in Haworth that he was appointed without consulting the local Trustees. Elizabeth Gaskell wrote:

"A man rode into the church upon an ass, with his face turned towards the tail, and as many old hats piled on his head, as he could possibly carry. He began urging his beast round the aisles, and the screams, and cries, and laughter of the congregation entirely drowned all sound of Mr Redhead's voice; and, I believe, he was obliged to desist."

25/02/1820
Patrick Bronte was granted perpetual curacy of Haworth.

21/01/1821
Maria Bronte wife of Patrick Bronte was diagnosed with cancer.

15/09/1821
Maria Bronte wife of Patrick Bronte died at Haworth aged 38.

22/09/1821
Maria Bronte wife of Patrick Bronte, was buried in the family vault at Haworth Parish Church. She had died on 15th September aged 38.

27/11/1821
Patrick Bronte wrote:
"My dear wife was taken dangerously ill on the 29th of January last; and in a little more than seven months afterwards she died. During every week and almost every day of this long tedious interval I expected her final removal. I was left quite alone, unless you suppose my six little children and the nurse and servants to have been company."

21/04/1823
Patrick Bronte wrote to Mary Burder's mother in Wethersfield, Essex, explaining the past 14 years of his life, and asking of her family.

His wife Maria had died in 1821, he had met Mary Burder when he was curate of St Mary Magdalene Church in Essex from 1806 - 1809. Patrick with six young children was finding it hard to cope on his own.


25/07/1825
Timothy Feather was baptised by Patrick Bronte. He became known as the last Hand-loom Weaver and lived all his life at Stanbury.

30/04/1833
Aunt Branwell who brought the Bronte children up made her will. The money helped finance Charlotte, Emily and Anne's early publications.

22/02/1837
Meeting held in the Sunday School rooms and chaired by Patrick Bronte to repeal the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834.

29/04/1842
Thomas Andrew died. He had been the Haworth surgeon for 24 years and was one of Patrick Brontes oldest friends. The funeral was well attended by local people, his coffin had to be taken out of the house into the street so they could pay their last respects. He had treated hundreds of poor people often without payment.

"In memory of Thomas Andrew who was born 1790 at Glen Lee Mill, New Galloway, Scotland. Graduated at the University of Edinburgh and after 24 years practice as Surgeon in Haworth, died, April 29th a.d. 1842 aged 42 years. This tablet was erected by those who knew his worth, and who feel that, while in his death their neighbourhood has lost an honourable and upright man, the poor have lost an able adviser in their calamities and a generous friend in their need."

14/08/1842
William Weightman, Patrick Bronte's curate performed his last duty at Haworth. He had been visiting the sick and was taken ill with cholera, he died on 6th September 1842.

04/10/1843
Patrick Bronte wrote to the Church trustees about the rumour in Haworth village regarding the lotion he was using for his weak eyesight. Gossip had circulated that the smell was similar to alcohol.

10/03/1846
The new peal of bells for Haworth Church were hung. The money was raised from public subscription instituted by Patrick Bronte. The largest bell (the tenor) carries an inscription to this effect and weighs 10 cwt 3 qtr and 16 lb. (555kg).

26/08/1846
Surgeons performed an operation on Patrick Bronte's cataracts at Manchester. The operation was successful and after a month convalescing he was able to read again.

23/03/1847
Patrick Bronte wrote a letter in support of the Governments plan for a compulsory national education system.

28/08/1849
The lack of fresh water in Haworth was a concern. Patrick Bronte had prepared a petition which was sent to the General Board of Health in London in an effort to improve sanitation.

09/10/1849
Patrick Bronte sent a second petition to the General Board of Health in London about the poor sanitation in Haworth.

05/02/1850
Patrick Bronte wrote to the General Board of Health in London asking them to survey the water supply in Haworth.

02/04/1850
Benjamin Herschel Babbage travelled to Haworth to examine the sanitary condition of the village on behalf of the General Board of Health.

04/04/1850
Benjamin Herschel Babbage Inspector of the General Board of Health in London opened his investigation on the state of the water supply in Haworth. His report found the sanitation was poor, open sewers coursing down Main St and water leaching from the graveyard into the main source of drinking water.

27/04/1850
Patrick Bronte wrote: " I have been rather uneasy by information from Mr Nicholls, respecting a path leading through the Church lands to the Mill".

08/09/1851
Patrick Bronte wrote again to the General Board of Health regarding sanitation in Haworth: "Yet after, tedious delay, they, have, as far as we know done almost nothing - We might have thought that this arose from a press of more urgent business, had it not been, that we have learned from good authority, that their salutatory rules have been adopted, and enforced, in various other places where there was less necessity for them".

31/01/1853
Patrick Bronte wrote a reference on behalf of A.B. Nicholls to the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel. He said that Nichols had been his curate for seven years and had ‘behaved himself wisely, soberly and piously.’
Nicholls had applied to the SPG for a missionary post in Australia after Charlotte turned down his proposal of marriage.

23/02/1853
A.B. Nicholls wrote to the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel enquiring whether his application for a missionary posting had been received as he had not had a reply.

28/04/1854
Patrick Bronte wrote a testimonial for William Brown asserting his competence as a sexton.

20/06/1855
Patrick Bronte made his own will.

13/08/1855
John Brown was buried in the Churchyard. Arthur Nicholls officiated, Patrick Brontė sat with Mrs. Mary Brown and Martha Brown in the Bronte pew.

24/02/1857
Patrick Bronte carried out his last marriage service at Haworth church.

21/08/1857
With regard to the statement that Mr Brontė, in his desire to bring up his children simply and heartily, refused to permit them to eat flesh meat he asserts that Nancy Garr alleges that the children had meat daily, and as much of the food as they chose. The early article from which they were restrained was butter, but its want was compensated for by what is known in Yorkshire as "spice-cake," a description of bread which is the staple food at Christmas for all meals but dinner.

"I did not know that I had an enemy in the world, much less one who would traduce me before my death. Everything in that book "the biography of his daughter" which relates to my conduct to my family is either false or distorted. I never did commit such acts as are ascribed to me. I stated this in a letter which I sent to Mrs Gaskell, requesting her at the same time to cancel the false statements about me in the next edition of her book. To this I received no other answer than that Mrs Gaskell was unwell, and unable to write."
Extract printed in the Daily News England), Friday, August 21, 1857

30/10/1859
Patrick Bronte preached his last sermon from the pulpit of Haworth Church

07/06/1861
Patrick Bronte died at Haworth. He was 84.

12/06/1861
Patrick Bronte was buried in the family vault at Haworth Church. He had died on the 7th June aged 84.

18/10/1879
Mr James Ackroyd put up for auction the wood taken from the demolished Bronte Church. According to the report of the sale, the bulk of it did not fetch the price of even ordinary wood, and some of the best oak beams were reserved. It was stated, however, that several pieces had been disposed of at fancy prices previous to the sale.

12/07/1930
Mr John Toothill of Haworth better known as "Jack Tooit," whose death took place yesterday at the age of 87 was a notorious practical joker. He was a village barber, and in the days of the penny shave a man with a weeks growth of beard came into his shop and asked if he could have a shave, though he possessed only a halfpenny. "Tooit " solemnly lathered the man, shaved half his face, ran the back of the razor over the remainder of his cheek and then allowed his half shaved customer to go. When the customer discovered his plight he admitted "Tooit " had had the better of him, borrowed a penny from a friend, and went back for a complete shave, which thus cost him three-halfpence.

He was always proud of his association with the Rev Patrick Brontė, rector of Haworth and father of the famous novelist sisters, for it was to his father's shop that the rector used to come to be shaved. "Many’s the time I've lathered him," Jack used to say, and he was never tired of recalling those old days. On one occasion when Mr Brontė was under the razor a well-known churchman came into the shop, and finding a large number of customers present he vowed in terms more expressive than polite that he would not have entered if he had known that the shop had been so crowded. Mr Brontė at once rebuked him for his unbecoming language, and said that he ought to read his Bible more. "Nay" said the offender, "I’ve a book at hooam that taks a lot moor hod o’ me than t’Bible." "Oh, and what is that?" Asked Mr Brontė. "Tick book," replied the man to the uproarious delight of the customers. Mr Brontė fully appreciated the local significance of the answer, and gave his parishioner a Florin.


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