Modern day Haworth is widely considered to be a gem of rural Yorkshire, with its abundance of rolling hills and show-stopping natural beauty. However, it wasn’t always so picturesque.
In the time of the Brontës, this inspiring landscape was a hotbed of death and disease that, according to historians, was one of the most unsanitary parts of 18th century Britain. This impacted directly on the area’s most well known literary family, resulting in the Brontë sisters’ ill health and untimely deaths.
Join our panel as they discuss the juxtaposition of picturesque landscapes with the unsanitary conditions the Brontë family lived in, what role this played in the family’s work, and ask whether we as readers romanticise the troubled environment in which they lived.