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Haworth History - School: The Worthian 1938

The Worthian - Haworth School magazine Xmas 1938 The Worthian - Haworth School magazine Xmas 1938

1938 edition of the Haworth school magazine, it gives an insight of the feelings about threat of war, article on the A.R.P and visit to the Peace Exhibition at Keighley. 

The children were being introduced to the telephone with a visit to the exchange at Lees and how Keighley coped with 360 lines coming in to the exchange.

The Worthian - Haworth School magazine Xmas 1938EDITORIAL

Senior School,


Dear Readers,

We are once again publishing an edition of the "Worthian". There have been some good articles submitted, although more might be done with stories in future.

This time the competition is a novel one. We want you to paint the picture and then write a verse of four lines about it. There are some good prizes, so why not try? It is worth it.

This is my first and last editorial in this magazine, and I cannot close without wishing you all


Monica Broughton,


The Worthian - Haworth School magazine Xmas 1938A.R.P
On every lip, in every mouth,
Three letters only stand,
Where' er you go from North to south,
Most talked of in the land.
We know them now like A.B.C.
We are so well acquainted.
Those letters three are A.R. P.
On every poster painted.
Some masks are being given out,
A well-made apparatus,
Fitted with head-piece and a snout,
And called gas respirators.
John Whitehead.
Age 13.

The Worthian - Haworth School magazine Xmas 1938THE TELEPHONE EXCHANGE

On Thursday, September 29th, a party of us paid a visit to the telephone exchange at Lees which is worked automatically.

The main thing in the telephone exchange is known as the selector. It consists of a movable section with two metal arms known as wipers. The wiper is horizontally fixed to a vertical shaft which can move up and down.

If he gets connected, a sound known as dialling tone comes through; this tells him he can now phone. If a subscriber wants the number 1735, he first dials one; the wiper then sweeps on the first line until it comes to a point not engaged; then it stops; this operation happens with the other numbers.

The exchange requires miles of wire and thousands of fuses to protect the wires from lightning. In case the electricity should fail batteries like accumulators are in store so that they can run the exchange during the break-down.

When a long distance call is needed, telephone "0" which gets you in touch with an operator at Keighley who gets the call through. About three hundred and sixty lines enter the exchange.

At the end of a very interesting afternoon we had gained some idea of the Automatic Exchange and had learned how to use a telephone.

Eric Bates.

The Worthian - Haworth School magazine Xmas 1938BRONTE MUSEUM.

We in Haworth are very proud of the fact that at one time there lived in our little village one of the most remarkable families in the history of English literature. They were three women writers, Charlotte, Emily and Anne Bronte, and their brother Branwell. The father was the Rev. Patrick Bronte who was Rector of Haworth Parish Church, and they all lived at the old stone Parsonage which is situated behind the Church at the top of Haworth's steep Main Street.

There were really six children, their father and their mother, but the two elder girls, Maria and Elizabeth, died when still quite young. Mrs Bronte died about a year after they all came to Haworth (Mr. Bronte brought his little family from Thornton to Haworth in the year 1820) but Mr Bronte outlived them all, dying himself in 1861, aged 84 years .

The Parsonage, a Georgian type of building, the old Bronte home, is now preserved as a permanent memorial to the wonderful family and thousands of people from all parts of the world visit the house each year, over 13,000 this year alone.

Let us take a look inside. As we enter the house, we will first of all look at the living-room on the left hand side of the hall. In this room which has been made fire-proof is housed the Bronte Collection, which consists of many precious first editions of the Bronte books "Jane Eyre", "Villette", "Wuthering Heights", "The Professor", "Poems" and others. Here, too, you will find in one of the glass cases some tiny books, measuring only one inch wide and two and a half inches long. These little books were made by the Bronte children when they were quite young and they contain some fine stories, in some cases of no less than 1500 words, hand-written in microscopic script in ink. There are some very beautiful little paintings here too. You really ought to see them for yourself.

Now we will go into the parlour or the Rev. P. Bronte's study, which is directly opposite on the right hand side of the hall. In this room the first thing that catches your eye is a quaint old piano, Charlotte Bronte's piano, and a square mahogany table on which the Bronte sisters wrote their famous manuscripts. On the left of the room as you enter is the old hair-covered sofa on which Emily died in December, 1848. We go further along the hall and enter a small dark room behind the living room. This was Mr Nicholls' study. Mr Nicholls was Mr Bronte's curate and he married Charlotte in the year 1854. This room contains books and manuscripts, and Mr. Nicholls' desk and table. We go from here across the hall through the kitchen into a large room that has been added to the old house, the library, in which are kept a great many books written by different people about the Bronte family.

We retrace our steps a little and go up the stones staircase and visit Tabitha's room. Tabitha was an old servant of the family. This room contains exhibits mostly pertaining to the church.

Next we visit Charlotte's room, which contains many interesting exhibits, chief of which are Charlotte's dresses, shoes, stockings, some of the household crockery, jewellery and her paint-box.

Leaving Charlotte's room we visit the nursery in which all the Bronte children played. A very tiny room this, and you will find scribbled on the plaster walls some of their childish drawings.

Branwell's room is next in which are some of his paintings and manuscripts. This room also contains Mr. Bronte's several pairs of spectacles, his pistol and heel-spikes used for greater ease in travelling in snowy weather.

Leaving here we go through the passage to a large "New Wing" room, where are kept the many programmes of plays about the Brontes that have been produced in recent years and many other interesting items concerning the Bronte family.

So our visit ends but you really must come again, for there are so many things to see, hear and talk about.

R. G. Mitchell

Form 2B.

The Worthian - Haworth School magazine Xmas 1938A VISIT TO THE PEACE EXHIBITION

On November the twenty-third there was great excitement in Haworth Senior School. We were all going to visit the Peace Exhibition held in the Municipal Hall at Keighley. At nine-thirty half the school children went in three private buses, while the rest went at five-past-ten

When we reached the Hall which spent a very interesting half-hour walking round looking at the different things. One model was a Chinese hospital that had been bombed by the Japanese. In one part of the hall were some posters showing what could be done with the money that was spent on one battle-ship. For instance, eighty hospitals could be built at £100,000 each or four hundred elementary schools at £20,000 each. In another part of the hall were some posters showing the methods of transport through the years. On one stall some of our local industries were shown, industries that are affected by wars which are fought thousands of miles away. It also showed the trains, motor-cars, balloons and aeroplanes of the past compared with those in use now, which gave us the idea of how near we live to nations that used to be considered far distant. One man explained to us how war was started. He told us that if one country had something that another one wanted war could easily follow.

We did not have time to see everything, but what we did see was very interesting and I think everyone enjoyed the outing.

Kathleen Throup.

Age 13.

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