Saturday, September 10, 2016

Saturday, September 10, 2016 12:30 am by M. in , ,    No comments
Some of the Brontë-related Heritage Open Days alerts for this weekend:
St Mary's ChurchChurch Lane, Mirfield, West Yorkshire, WF14 9HX
Remains of the motte and bailey castle, 13th century church tower, murder grave of 1800, celtic grave stone, village stocks, Sir Gilbert Scott designed church, plague stone, pillar from 13th century church.
Tours to the top of the church tower throughout the weekend.
Display of archaeological finds from last years dig held near the medieval mound - there will be an expert in medieval pottery and archaeologist in attendance
Display of the Brontë sisters connection to St Mary's Church.

- 1030 & 1300 Heritage Walk from Church
- 1400 talk in Church on the Brontë connection
- 1430 talk in Church on the Brontë connection 
North Lees Hall, Hathersage, Hope Valley, Derbyshire, S32 1BR

This is a great and unusual opportunity to explore this 16th century tower house, thought to be the inspiration behind the novel, ‘Jane Eyre’. Visitors will be able to access all the rooms and the roof terrace on an informal basis.
The hall incorporates three principal rooms all with Elizabethan features, which are linked by a spiral elm staircase. Behind are four floors of service rooms. This design has been linked to Robert Smythson, architect of Hardwick Hall. Restoration in 1962 included the ornate plaster ceiling decoration which was replicated from photographs and surviving fragments. At the top of the spiral staircase is a roof terrace giving stunning views over the surrounding countryside.
In 1845 Charlotte Brontë visited the Hall several times while staying with her friend Ellen Nussey in Hathersage. It became the principal inspiration for Thornfield Hall in the novel ‘Jane Eyre’, described as: “three storeys high; a gentleman’s manor house; battlements round the top gave it a picturesque look”. They still do!
2016 is the 200th anniversary of Charlotte Brontë's birth - which makes this opportunity even more special!
Children’s activities – quizzes and crafts – will be available.Refreshments – tea and cake – will be on sale with seating on the ground floor and in the neighbouring farmhouse garden.
Opening Times
Saturday 10 September: 1100-1500
Sunday 11 September: 1100-1500
The Clergy Daughters’ School, Cowan Bridge
2 Brontë Cottages, Cowan Bridge, Kirkby Lonsdale, Lancashire, LA6 2HS

In this the bicentenary year of Charlotte Brontë's birth you can discover the very place that inspired Charlotte Brontë's "Lowood" in Jane Eyre. Visit the Clergy Daughters' School, Cowan Bridge, established in 1824 by Reverend W.Carus Wilson and attended by Charlotte and Emily Brontë.

Opening Times
Sunday 11 September: 1200-1700
St Mark's Church , Rugby Road, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, CV32 6DL

Only remaining George Gilbert-Scott Jnr Church. 18 big stained glass windows, including Kempe; large William Hill organ. Connections with Jayne Eyre (sic). Free guides, children trail and refreshments. Trips up the Tower on Saturday 2pm to 4pm
Opening Times
Thursday 8 September: 1100-1600
Friday 9 September: 1100-1600
Saturday 10 September: 1100-1700
Sunday 11 September: 1400-1600
Gomersal Moravian Church, Quarry Road, Gomersal, Cleckheaton, West Yorkshire, BD19 4JB

See the church, which is a Grade II listed building. It was built in 1751, and in the 1860s a second storey and gallery were added. The building was extensively repaired between 2005 and 2009 with help from an English Heritage grant.
See the 'Gomersal and the Great War' display. This includes details of the men from Gomersal who died in the First World War, information about what life was life for those back home, and extracts from the ministers' diary from this period.
See the displays about the history of Gomersal Moravian Church, and the links between the church and the Taylor family of Red House.
Find out about our links with Charlotte Brontë who was born 200 years ago, and the Moravian 'Jane Eyre' who may have been the inspiration for the character in the novel of the same name.
Light refreshments will be available to buy.
There will also be fun activities for children.
We will be connected to Red House Museum and Oakwell Hall by a vintage bus.
Opening Times
Sunday 11 September: 1300-1600
St Oswald’s Church Guiseley
The Green, Guiseley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS20 9BB
A few highlights of this Grade I listed building in the heart of Guiseley:
Beautiful arcade of round Norman arches dating from around 1100AD.
Early English transept dated around 1200.
13th century north chancel aisle.
Ancient bell-tower.
Bell-ringing demonstrations
Vintage Afternoon teas will be served in Church
Children's history trail
Guided tours
Choral evensong at 3.30pm with the Choir of St Oswald's Guiseley
Church registers show the wedding of Patrick and Maria Brontë, the parents of the literary dynasty, on 29 December, 1812.
Opening Times
Sunday 11 September: 1330-1630


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