Sunday, 29 May 2016

School Room



On the Haworth film set, they have also built a replica of the old School Room, which occupies the lane beyond the Parish Church and leading up to the Parsonage. Rev'd Patrick Brontë was a passionate social reformer and he fought for and eventually built a school to educate the poor children of Haworth, which in the early 1800s was a dreadful, disease-ridden and impoverished village where people's life expectancy was well below that of the rural area around it. Almost half the children born there died before reaching their fifth birthday. The school opened in 1832. All of the Brontë sisters taught there at one time or another. It was also the venue for the wedding celebration when Charlotte married Arthur Bell Nicholls in 1854. It closed as a school in 1903 and has since been used as a community hall. It (the real one!) was hosting a sale of vintage clothes and wedding dresses on the day I visited. 



4 comments:

  1. Interesting to look at the contrasts between the film replica and its counterpart!

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  2. I love the patina of age on the old one, Jenny!

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  3. Lovely shots Jenny. I went to Sunday school and Brownies there, obviously never registering it's interesting history as a child.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Jacquie x

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  4. Great images. It is sobering to think of how difficult urban life was for people in those times. As a parent, losing a young child must be infinitely painful.

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