Haworth had the Brontes never published their works,,,,,
Haworth a large village on the edge of Keighley ,it is easily accessible by both the KWVR steam train and an hourly bus service which goes straight up main street.
Haworth, once a thriving mill town is now a quiet little haven full of stone cottages and cobbled streets .It is amply supplied by tea rooms around the KWVR station but at the top of the village there is only the Old Parsonage tea rooms and a small but excellent fish and chip shop.The mainstreet is a steep climb but there is a small children’s play center with a Railway children theme at the top of the village next to the Grimshaw center .
Unfortunately Haworth is spoiled by its surrondings ,the once empty moorland surrounding Haworth has been progressively filled by the expansion of the Ovenden Moor Wind farm. Several large turbines have been built on the moors overlooking Stanbury and another 12 are planned at the remote Top Withins site after objections by Denholme resident successfully had the wind farm site moved From Thornton Moor
While Haworth is little more than a stopping off point for most visitors who then head to the famous Railway Children Station in the village of Oakworth .Haworth does have more than one claim to fame ,while it is primarily known as the home of its one time fiery preacher William Grimshaw and there is a large new christian center devoted to him at the top of the village.
Backing onto the large new Grimshaw center are the schoolrooms which were built largely by the efforts of his successor Patrick Bronte father of the localy renowned Branwell Bronte ,Patrick Bronte was himself an amature poet and was an avid campaigner for the poor ,it was in a large part due to his efforts Haworth became a healthier place for its residents.
The villages interesting church was built a few decades after the schoolrooms but unfortunately both have fallen into disrepair,the schoolrooms are currently being converted to houses and a further development of houses is expected on the land just behind them ,it will be called Branwell court ,named after the Bard of Bradford Branwell Bronte who is a little known poet and scholar and who lived at the Old Parsonage and taught in the schoolrooms .
The church is in a more precarious position and urgently needs roofing , funds for repair of the church have been applied for on the basis of the villages links to Grimshaw .
This is more or less the sum total of Haworths attractions however for travelers arriving by car there is a pleasant route out of Haworth across the Moors towards Pendle ,The road though rather narrow and in a poor state of repair runs past the delightful little hamlet of Stanbury before heading past Watersheddles reservoir and onto the Wycoller revoir country park ,access is via a car park which has clean and usually open public toilets ,a small cabin cafe and in summer there is usually an ice cream van .
Image credit http://sarahmaidofalbion.blogspot.co.uk/2009_06_01_archive.html ,the derelict church image
and the final photo