The Most Haunted Black Bull public house Haworth Yorkshire got the treatment last night……with predicable results. Apparently this programme was shown in 2005 (see Bronteblog), but I must have missed it. What did I miss? Not a lot in the form of ‘evidence’. The main target as usual was ‘bad boy’ Branwell Bronte, described as a sex mad chronic alcoholic and drug addict…… I’m sure he wasn’t as bad as people make out. Still, the darker he is painted, the brighter his sister’s look. I blame Gaskell for a lot of it.
Everything the Medium’s mentioned could have been easily researched over the Internet as they have been written about over and over again. Even I, no expert, could have written the script!
The whole reason for the ghostly presence of Branwell was a ‘feud’ (evidence please?) he had with Emily who ‘stole’ ‘Wuthering Heights’ from him. I have heard this intriguing story before and often wondered if there was any truth in Branwell’s authorship, (covered up by Charlotte…) I suppose we will never know for sure. Branwell was a member of the Lodge of the Three Graces which met in the Black Bull for official meals (having their own private meeting rooms elsewhere…. read about Branwell’s association with the Lodge, which has been blamed for his downfall here)
When it comes to Branwell though, well it seems anything goes. Apparently Branwell was a very ‘dark fellow’…a bit of a Heathcliff character lol! Er a bit ‘like Kate Bush’s ‘Wuthering Heights’ Heathcliff! (this info was picked up by a Medium sitting on Branwell’s chair). Phrases like ‘haunted by the male malevolence of Branwell….’ made me almost wish that he WOULD come back and box the ears of some of these buffoons!
One of the intrepid team said that she hadn’t been scared all day, yet she’d only been stood in the graveyard for 4 minutes and something was definitely going on because it felt really creepy…… Uncanny or what? or could it be that day time is light and she was stood in the graveyard at NIGHT? It is a puzzle indeed. Great night time shots of the graveyard though!
The highlight and so called ‘evidence’ of a ghostly presence came in the form of table tipping Reverend, Patrick Bronte ‘communicating’ violently in the Black Bull public house……… whatever would Charlotte say!
More Bronte bites from me