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Howarth

Howarth Main St

Haworth is a picturesque village in the City of Bradford and the county of West Yorkshire, with a population of 6,379 (2011 census). It's in the Worth Valley, and part of the Pennines, and it's twinned with Machu Picchu in Peru, and Haworth, New Jersey, in the USA. 

Haworth is associated with the Bronte sisters, who wrote most of their novels whilst living in the Parsonage in Haworth.

Name and history of Haworth

Cobbled street, Haworth

Haworth probably means 'hedged enclosure' or 'hawthorn enclosure'. The first written reference to it was in 1209.

Haworth is best-known as the home of the Bronte sisters. At the time they lived in Haworth Parsonage, the surrounding area was industrialised, but there was unspoiled moorland on the heights near the village. 

Haworth: economy and tourism

Oh la la Vintage Shop, Haworth  King's Arms, Haworth

Haworth's economy is based on tourism. 

There's a station on the Keighley & Worth Valley railway at Haworth - a steam railway that runs from Keighley to Oxenhope.

Steam train at Haworth station  Haworth railway station

The big attraction in Haworth is the Bronte Parsonage Museum, which was home to the Bronte family. Sisters Charlotte, Emily, and Anne lived in the 1800s, and were novelists. Their father, Patrick Bronte, was a poet and writer of Irish origin. Their mother Maria died young, as did two older sisters, Maria and Elizabeth. Their brother (Patrick) Branwell was a painter and writer, but became addicted to alcohol and laudanum, initially in the Black Bull. Charlotte, Emily, and Branwell all died in their thirties, and Anne died aged 29; Patrick survived all his children.

Charlotte Bronte is best known for Jane Eyre; Emily for Wuthering Heights, her only novel; and Anne for the Tenant of Wildfell Hall.

Bronte Parsonage Museum, Haworth  Black Bull, Haworth

The Bronte Way takes walkers onto the moors, to the Bronte waterfalls, Ponden Hall (probable inspiration for Thruscross Grange in Wuthering Heights), and to Top Withens (the farmstead in Wuthering Heights).

Haworth: cultureHaworth church

One of the cultural events in Haworth is 'scroggling the holly'. This take place at the start of December. The Holly Princess goes up to St Michael & All Angels church, where the Holly Queen is crowned on the church steps. There's music from a choir and a brass band.

Haworth: Tour de France in Haworth

The Haworth Village website has information about the Tour, following meetings held to organise the local arrangements. 

Following a meeting on 12th February 2014, it was announced that the race route roads will be closed to traffic from 7am on Sunday 6th July 2014. Any vehicle parked on the route after 7am will be towed away. 

The official timings for Stage 2 of the Tour show the publicity caravan arriving at 11.22am, and the riders between 1.10 and 1.22pm, depending on their average speed. There is no fixed time for the roads to re-open, but they are likely to be closed for eight hours.

The Haworth Village news report of a meeting on 14th March 2014 gives details of the exact route (and lists the roads which will be closed). The riders will travel up the cobbles of Main St (see the second photo on this page), but the publicity caravan will use Rawdon Rd, as Main St is too narrow. Once at the top of Haworth, the riders head along Changegate, left on North St, then onto West Lane towards Stanbury. The map below shows the roads of  the Tour de France route through Haworth:

Haworth Tour de France route map