before the traveller on this road rises Haworth village; he can
see it for two miles before he arrives, for it is situated on
the side of a pretty steep hill, with a background of dun and
purple moors, rising and sweeping away yet higher than the church,
which is built at the very summit of the long narrow street. All
round the horizon there is this same line of sinuous wave-like
hills; the scoops into which they fall only revealing other hills
beyond, of similar colour and shape, crowned with wild, bleak
moors - grand, from the ideas of solitude and loneliness which
they suggest, or oppressive from the feeling which they give of
being pent-up by some monotonous and illimitable barrier, according
to the mood of mind in which the spectator may be."
Elizabeth Gaskell, The Life of Charlotte Bronte
name Haworth is said to originate from "hedged enclosure"
or "hawthorn enclosure" Records are said to date back
to 1209 when it was recorded as a settlement. The name is often
misspelt as Howorth and Howarth. The 1771 map (left) records the
name as Howorth, later maps revert back to the original spelling.
We often get requests from people with the family name "Haworth"
about a connection with the village. There is no documented record
of a titled name Haworth, the Parish Registers from 1600 - 1900
list no families with the name other than a couple in the circa
1800's that move from North Yorkshire.
village of Haworth is situated on the eastern slope of the Pennines
located close to the river Worth.
"The old stone houses are high compared with the width
of the street, which makes an abrupt turn before reaching the
more level ground at the head of the village, so that the steep
aspect of the place in one part is almost like that of a wall."
Elizabeth Gaskell, The Life of Charlotte Bronte 1857
Haworth is 796.1 feet above sea level as marked at the Church
on Main St. Lower down in the valley opposite the railway station
at the corner of the Royal Oak pub a mark indicates an elevation
of 556.4 feet. There is a difference of 240 feet, the two datum
marks are ½ a mile apart, the result is at times the gradient
is about 1 in 10.
Brontes arrived at Haworth from Thornton
on April 20th 1820, the procession of seven carts and one covered
wagon led up the Main St (then known as Kirkgate) finishing at
Patrick Bronte outlived his children dying on June 7th 1861. He
had worked hard during his 41 years at Haworth to improve conditions
for local people.
Charlotte Bronte tried to run a school with very little success,
education began to be a concern and a Wesleyan school started
in the1860's to meet the need.
13th April 1867 the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway (KWVR)
was built connecting Haworth to Keighley. The line was closed
in the 60's, effort was made to reopen as a preserved railway.
Today the line has working steam trains at the weekend and daily
in the summer more...
A visit to Haworth can include various events held throughout the year, the 1940's Weekend held in May is very popular, as are the Haworth Christmas events such as Scroggling the Holly and the Torchlight procession.
You can take a 360 degree tour of Haworth Main street
in summer here... and in winter at Christmas
of Haworth annual events here...
to stay in Haworth here...
out in Haworth here...
to Haworth here...
Howarth 1940's Weekend
Howarth Scroggling the Holly
Howarth Torchlight procession