Jane Eyre, Haworth, England

The home of Jane Eyre
The home of Jane Eyre

You may have read the book Jane Eyre. If not you should as it’s perhaps one of the best books I have ever read, so much so that I have several editions in several languages and have seen various  film versions.

But the original English version is always the best and I have my copy purchased from the bookstore attached to the Bronte parsonage in Haworth, not far from Leeds.

When you visit  the area, its like stepping into a Bronte novel. There are many towns and landmarks around the area that that continue to fascinate Bronte enthusiasts and scholars above all.

The language and the novel’s setting are like a perfect marriage and you have to visit Haworth to really see what I mean. The novel is structured around five separate locations, all supposedly in northern England: the Reed family’s home at Gateshead, the horrible Lowood School from Jane’s childhood, Rochester’s manor house Thornfield and Rochester’s rural retreat at Ferndean.

I also see examples of  Bronte locations  in other places I visit: there are old ruins of a house near Gibside in Gateshead (The Main House – home to the Bowes-Lyon family) and this to me could have been Thornfield Hall. I see Jane returning to the house as it lies in charred ruins very time I go there. I can almost see Rochester on his black horse with Pilot the dog running across the field.

Another link I love about The Bronte sisters is that they were well travelled women for their day and travelled to Brussels, living there for a time in order to improve their French. I took myself off on  a Brussels Bronte guide when I was there and discovered a city hidden from the majority. And its such a treasure, it’s a rare treat for the real fans of these fantastic writers.

Brussels and  Ferndean manor will be featured in upcoming blog posts since they really do confirm that the Bronte sisters, in my opinion, really were some of the luckiest authors that ever lived due to the richness they created out of the richness of their surroundings.

2 thoughts on “Jane Eyre, Haworth, England

  1. Jane Eyre is one of my favourite classics! I’ve never really thought seriously about visiting places where my favourite books are set. Although, if I did, I would probably head to Daphne du Maurier’s Cornwall.
    Living in the Midlands, it’s quite easy to get to most places, and I do like travelling. So maybe one day I’ll plan a bookish little journey for myself!

    1. Hi!
      I’m so glad you enjoyed my post about Jane Eyre. I only started this by accident really as I find travel guides a bit boring and language books boring too so I learn from novels. Just an excuse to read more really! Plus it’s amazing what you see and who you meet. Happy travelling – Jane Eyre country is SOO worth it. You get so much more from the book I think when you stand in the author’s shoes so to speak. You’ll probably see me there!
      note to self: must plan a trip to Cornwall with ‘Rebecca’

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