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Haworth History - Inside Haworth Church


Inside the Church, Main St HaworthTake a 360 degree view inside the Church here...

The Church we see today was not as the Brontes knew it. In 1879 the Reverend Wade, Patrick Bronte's successor had the old church apart from the tower demolished.

The American window

The stained glass window is an American Memorial to Charlotte Bronte donated by Thomas Hockley. "To the Glory of God in pleasant memory of Charlotte Bronte by an American citizen.

"The Latin text across the window is "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my bretheren, ye have done it unto Me" (Matt. X X V, 40); and the six scenes illustrate the text, "I was hungred, and ye gave me meat, etc."

The American window

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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
In Memory of Thomas Andrew.

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Thomas Andrew was one of Patrick Brontes oldest friends and was the Haworth surgeon for 24 years. His funeral was so well attended by locals that his coffin was taken out of his house and into the street so that people could pay their respects. 

He had treated hundreds of poor people sometimes without any payment. 

Patrick Bronte conducted the funeral on 3rd May 1842.

 

THIS MONUMENT
WAS ERECTED BY THE INHABITANTS
IN MEMORY OF THE LATE
WILLIAM WEIGHTMAN, M.A. 
WHO DIED SEPT. 6TH 1842, AGED 26 YEARS
AND WAS BURIED IN THIS CHURCH
ON THE 10TH OF THE SAME MONTH.
HE WAS THREE YEARS CURATE OF HAWORTH,
AND BY THE CONGREGATION AND PARISHIONERS
IN GENERAL, WAS GREATLY RESPECTED,
FOR HIS ORTHODOX PRINCIPLES,
ACTIVE ZEAL, MORAL HABITS, LEARNING,
MILDNESS, AND AFFABILITY:
HIS USEFUL LABOURS WILL LONG BE
GRATEFULLY REMEMBERED,
BY THE MEMBERS OF THE CONGREGATION;
AND SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS,
AND SCHOLARS.
Memory of the late William Weightman.

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William Weightman was a respected curate of Haworth. Patrick Bronte at his funeral read to the congregation "we were always like father and son".

TO THE

Memory
of the Benefactors, to the
Poor of Haworth Parish
Abraham Kilching. of the Parish
aforesaid, Left 10 Shillings Per Annum for ever
to be divided yearly amongst the said Poor.
David Midgley, LORD of the Manor of
Haworth, Left a FARM, forever to Clothe
yearly, 10 Poor Children, in Blue belonging
~ to the said Parish ~
 ---- ~0~ ---- 
Mr RICHARD POLLARD of Stanbury in
the Parish of Haworth, Left 2 Pounds 10
Shillings Per Annum forever. to be Divided
on Christmas Day amongst the Poor of the
Townships or Hamlets of Haworth & Stanbury
To the memory of the benefactors, to the poor of Haworth Parish.

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INCUMBENTS

HAWORTH PARISH CHURCH

J. COLLIER, Expelled.  1654
E. GARFORTH. Puritan. 1654
R. TOWN. Puritan. 1655
J. COLLIER. Reinstated. 1662
E. MORE. 1675
R. MARGERISON. A.B. 1684
T. ELLISONNE. A.M. 1702
W. CLIFFORD or CLIFFE. M.A 1703
J. JACKSON. A.M ?
I. SMITH. A.M. 1726
W. GRIMSHAW. A.B. 1742
J. RICHARDSON. M.A. 1763
J. CHARNOCK. M.A. 1791
S. REDHEAD. M.A. 1819
P. BRONTE. B.A. 1820
J. WADE. M.A 1861
T.W. STORY. M.A. 1898
G.A. ELSON. M.A. 1919
J. C. HIRST. M.A. 1925
W.T. DIXON. B.A. (CANON.) 1947
E.A. BARTON 1959
C. MANCHESTER. B.D. 1961
R.T. HUGHES B.A. 1967
B.F. ASHDOWN M.A 1974
C. SPIVEY 1983
P.J. SLATER 1995
J.A. SAVAGE DIP. TH.RS. 2002
Incumbents, Haworth Parish Church.

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The Rev. J. Collier a Royalist had two periods of service, the two Puritan ministers were brought in during Cromwell's Commonwealth.

S. 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 writes: 

"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."   

Whether this story is true, the congregation did cause uproar, Mr Redhead left and Patrick Bronte was appointed Perpetual Curate, the longest serving Incumbent.



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