the church steps, look out for the stocks. In the past the offender
was put in them for a period of time as punishment.
gift shop by the stocks was the post office from where the Brontes
sent their manuscripts.
There is some confusion over which property on the Main St
is the actual Post Office during the Brontes In the Trade Directory
it states that between 1830-1857 William Hartley was Postmaster
at Haworth, a map of Haworth 1853 clearly shows the property
in the photograph as the Post Office.
In 1861 Edwin Feather became Postmaster, the post Office
located to another property, the Brontes were all dead by this
To confuse matters a book by Claude Meeker "Haworth
home of the Brontes" (1895) claims a Samuel Feather
as being the Postmaster. There is no known record of him as
a Postmaster or living in Haworth. It has to be noted that
at the time this book was published there was considerable
interest in the Brontes and all sorts of claims were made.
Information about the Brontes here...
the left of the path there is a font from the old church. It is
inscribed William Grimshaw, A.B Minister AD 1742.
In 1742 he moved to Haworth where it is said Christianity was
in decline. Very soon, due to Grimshaw's passionate style of preaching
it is claimed that over a thousand people came to hear him.
William Grimshaw being a close friend of John Wesley contributed
to the establishment of the Methodist system, helping to build
a Methodist Chapel in Haworth in 1748. Grimshaw died of fever,
aged 55 in 1763 and is buried at St Mary's Church, Luddenden.
Information about Haworth
Church & graveyard here...
the iron Kissing-gate, one of the paving slabs has a face carved
in it. This was carved by Eric Sawley who was born in the 1920's.
He lived at Rock St Keighley and this stone was carved there
by him when he was about ten. The council demolished Rock St
and the paving stones were brought to Haworth.
Mr Sawley paid a visit to Haworth and found the Tom Mix stone
on his way to the car park.
Tom Mix (1880-1940) was an actor mostly in silent movies. His
career spanned from 1909-1935. He was in 336 films mostly westerns,
where he would do his own stunts. He is one of the
figures on the front cover of the Beatles Sgt Peppers album.
the sign "Bronte falls 2 1/2 mls" until you come
to a main rd.
main rd, sign Penistone Hill
Ordnance map here...
(external link opens in a new window)
Hill used to be a quarry, evidence of which is scattered around.
The area is now a Country Park.
A complete 360º tour
at Penistone Hill Country Park Haworth, at the triangulation
you right, follow footpath until you come to a Main rd.
Main rd junction, cross over, continue down the road, take
the path left.
You can see Lower Laithe Reservoir started in 1914, work was
delayed due to the Great War. It was officially finished on
Tuesday 27th January 1925 when the Major of Keighley (Robert
Calverley) closed the valves. It holds 281 million gallons of
water. Click on panorama for detail.
along the track crossing a cattle grid.
The next part of the walk is on open moorland and is an area
of Special Scientific Interest, it is renowned for birds that
breed here. These include Curlew, Golden Plover Peregrine and
Merlin. Mid-March to mid-July is the crucial time for these
birds as they court, make nests in the heather and grass, lay
eggs and raise chicks. It is essential to their survival that
you respect their habitat.
You can help by: Keeping dogs under control, not to start fires,
move away if you see an agitated bird, take your litter home.
Far Intake, 1 mile to go. There are many ruined dwellings in
the area, giving a sense of how the place was once worked. Pockets
of coal and quarries were a source income as well as sheep farming.
A complete 360º tour
To the right of picture is Stanbury in the distance. Click
on panorama for detail.
along the path. The walk is downhill from here.
climbing down the uneven stone steps.
Bronte waterfall is ahead
More photo's and information on the Bronte