The Brontë Society added 18 new photos. - The Brontë Society: A day off work and so I journey to Cowan Bridge to walk from the school (Lowood), across fields, to Tunstall Church (Brocklebridge) an...
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The Real Wuthering HeightsFor some reason, Ellen Nussey seemed to know that Wuthering Heights was located at a spot similar to that of the actual Top Withins, near Haworth. Ever since then, Brontëites - well aware that it was just the location and not the actual building - have taken to the moors and walked the miles that take them there: Penistone Hill, the Brontë falls and the long, final stretch leading to Top Withins, with delightful views of the moors that Emily Brontë loved so. So, even if it is actually a tenuous connection, the trip there and back is a true Emily Brontë experience. Be it myth, legend or suggestion, it's undeniable that stepping on the moors automatically seems to make visitors closer to Emily Brontë and her work(s).
The Story of the Withins Farms
Steven Wood, Peter Brears
15 Mar 2016
I'm a native of Haworth [...] and for many years it was a joke with me that some day I would set a poultry farm at Top Withens. I came out of the army unfit for my former work, and having a fancy for poultry, I took a training course. I was unable to get a suitable holding, but a short time ago I met the landlord of Withens. We talked, and then he said--he knew my old joke--'Well, there's Top Withens waiting for you.' Immediately I decided to take it.He left in 1926. In the 1930s and 1940s the house was deserted but whole. Then the roof began to collapse. During the 1960s the inclement weather along with inconsiderate visitors helped further its decline. After that, a series of repairs took place to try and keep the building safe for visitors and to keep it from mostly vanishing like its namesakes (even though both of them were actually pulled down eventually). However, the book claims that even though '[t]his certainly prevented further decay', the 'rebuilt sections took little or no account of the original features', thus adding 'to the confusion of future visitors'. Thankfully, this book comes to the help of said visitors and it must certainly be quite a treat to take it there and read the bits about how the house was adapted to its different uses and inhabitants over the centuries. Again, it's a History lesson in general.