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Produced in 2003 this film follows the Bronte Way footpath, which is 43 miles in length stretching from Birstall near Leeds in West Yorkshire traversing the Pennines to Gawthorpe Hall at Padiham near Burnley in Lancashire. The film takes us along this trail visiting the many places associated with the lives and literary works of the Bronte family.
The Brontës were a nineteenth-century literary family associated with the village of Haworth in West Yorkshire, England. The sisters, Charlotte (born 21st April 1816), Emily (born 30th July 1818), and Anne (born 17th January 1820), are well known as poets and novelists.
Part 1 of the film begins in “Shirley Country” and looks at Oakwell Hall, the Red House Museum and other places, which formed the locations for that novel including places connected to the Luddite rioters and the venues where they hatched their plots.
We trace the Bronte family through father Patrick’s ministries at the village of Thornton near Bradford in West Yorkshire where the sisters were born, and Hartshead before the family moved to Haworth.
The film takes us through some spectacular scenery in the South Pennines as well as exploring the heritage and beauty of many villages on route including Oxenhope and Norwood Green. There are live interviews with people at the various museums and buildings preserving the Bronte story. The family home at Thornton is looked around with its owner still maintaining the period feeling. Haworth is finally arrived at by way of a journey on the “Keighley and Worth Valley Steam Railway,” which is featured in the film “The Railway Children”
Part One ends in the medieval village of Haworth where the family lived for the majority of their lives in the Parsonage at the top of the main street, We have a guided tour of their home with the museum director followed by a look around St Michael and All Angels Church where Patrick Bronte preached.