Tuesday, December 03, 2019

Tuesday, December 03, 2019 9:50 am by Cristina in , , , ,    No comments
Back in 2017, we reported that Brearley Hall, the house where Branwell lived while he worked as a station master in Luddenden Foot, was for sale. Well, two years later, it has been bought by Timeout Children’s Homes Limited as reported by BDaily News.
A West Yorkshire-based care and education provider has acquired a property with links to the Brontë sisters thanks to support from Barclays.
Timeout Children’s Homes Limited has purchased the ‘iconic’ Brearley Hall, former home of the brother of Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë, after securing a funding package from the bank.
Established in 2004, The family-run firm is based in Halifax and provides specialist care and education to disadvantaged children.
Situated within 44-acre grounds, the 17th century manor house was recorded in the 1841 census as being the home of Patrick Branwell Brontë.
The site will undergo a full refurbishment to become the company’s 16th home, with redevelopment expected to take place over the next two years. (Jane Imrie)
You can see it in detail here.

Pepperdine Graphic discusses the use of light and darkness in literature.
The classic opening phrase, “It was a dark and stormy night,” inevitably leads to tension, especially in Madeleine L’Engle’s “A Wrinkle in Time.” Even in Charlotte Brontë’s widely-read “Jane Eyre,” the protagonist’s mood declines at night or during gloomy English weather, and her character blossoms during the day. (Makena Huey)
Wuthering H...orses on Racing Post:
Earnshaw is a half-brother to Supreme Stakes winner Lockwood out of Emily Brontë, a Group 3-winning daughter of Machiavellian and Blandford Stakes winner Zafadola. (Martin Stevens)
Psychology Today discusses 'realistic romances'.
Is the phrase “Realistic Romance” a contradiction in terms? Is it a classic oxymoron right up there with “free gift” and “adult children”?
Or will “Realistic Romance” now forever (another lovely oxymoron) be known as a category of books designed for the reader who seeks plots focused on the wild, the unstoppable, and inevitable merging of two soul-mates who, despite all odds, face the world more bravely because their love has made them strong?
That sure sounds like romance. What it doesn’t sound is realistic.
I’m saying this not only as a happily married woman who has lived with the same man for, count ‘em, 28 years but also as a fan of impossibly unrealistic classics such as "Wuthering Heights," "Gone With the Wind," and "The Princess Bride."
I like romance, but I like romance in its place. What I don’t like is romance filed under “Realistic” even as a convenience—or as a joke. (Gina Barreca Ph.D.)
Thrillist suggests skipping London and travelling around Yorkshire instead.
Sylvia Plath is buried in Heptonstall and poet Ted Hughes was born in Mytholmroyd -- he also evoked Hebden Bridge’s Stubbing Wharf pub in dreary detail in a poem of (almost) the same name -- while the Brontë’s have a whole swathe of the Yorkshire countryside dedicated to them. Learn more about their lives at the Brontë Parsonage, but don’t overlook one of the most recent writers evoking Yorkshire in poetic prose: Ben Myers. Pack a paperback of Under The Rock as reading fodder and gain some perspective on the landscapes you’re traversing. [...]
Find the real Wuthering Heights -- or, at least, the landscapes that were said to have inspired Emily Brontë -- at rugged Top Withens in Haworth, a town twinned (somewhat surprisingly) with Machu Picchu, Peru. Then, explore Yorkshire’s blustery-but-not-that-bleak patchwork of moorland by walking (part of) the 268-mile long Pennine Way, a path which runs along the backbone of the Peak District, through the Yorkshire Dales, North Pennines, and into Northumberland. (Lauren Cocking)
Maddalena De Leo has written about Haworth on The Sisters' Room.

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