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Haworth Through TimeA few days ago we quoted Elizabeth Gaskell's description of Haworth at the time when she visited the village. She described a grim, remote place, something which Charlotte Brontë had also done before, perhaps trying to make physical the psychological alienation she and her siblings had mostly felt with the local folk. And yet, through other less subjective accounts we know Haworth to have been a busy, bustling place, hardly a remote spot at all. All this to say, that it's easy to travel with the imagination, but what about the real thing?
by Steven Wood and Ian Palmer (Photographer)
* Publisher: Amberley Publishing (30 Jun 2009)
* Paperback: 96 pages
* ISBN-10: 1848685092
* ISBN-13: 978-1848685093
Here we see local builder Tom Laycock pushing his bicycle (his only form of transport) up Dean Street on the way to a job. The streets of the Brown climb steeply up the valley side. Many of them were never surfaced for cars and are now attractively grassed over. Other changes of the past forty years are visible [in the modern picture below]: cars for bicycles, wheelie bins for dustbins and satellite dishes instead of TV aerials. Washing lines survive unaffected.The pictures - both old and new - are of good quality, making the endless process of gazing at them and inevitably looking for differences and similarities very easy on the eyes. Certainly, residents as well as visitors - both past and future - will find it a delightful, entertaining book. Residents will no doubt discover new things about the place and perhaps will even be tempted to take the book on a ramble or two in order to see Haworth with new eyes. Past and future visitors will discover the village of the Brontë sisters as they have never seen it before and will be very tempted to jump on the first train/bus/airplane in order to be able to explore for themselves.