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Staying at Wuthering Heights (as one does…..)

Posted in BRONTE BITES, PAST PLACES, YORK BREAK with tags , , , , , on September 6, 2009 by echostains

the old hall by day

the old hall by day

We stayed over night in Haworth for the first time.  It was wet and windy, living up to it’s wuthering reputation.  We stayed at Haworth Old Hall, built in the 1600s and full of atmosphere.  This was the original Wuthering Heights!  I’m talking about the very first  film  of Emily Bronte’s book, made in the 1920s of course.  Apparently this film has disappeared and the Bronte Society would very much like to get hold of it! Read about it HERE

the window above the door was our room.  You can well imagine this as Wuthering Heights!

the window above the door was our room. You can well imagine this as Wuthering Heights!

The place itself is full of character and serves wonderful meals.  Flag floors, stone, wooden floorboards, mullion windows and big fireplaces – what more could you want?  A bat did lose its way and fly through our window..but that only added to the visit!  We were assured that this was VERY unusual and NOT an everyday occurrence (I don’t want to put anyone off staying here – it’s fab and the staff and hosts are very friendly and generous!).  So I suppose that the bat must have been an omen of some sort meant just for us …hope it was a good one lol!

old Hall by nigth, a rainy one at that

old Hall by nigth, a rainy one at that

 

So many mysteries lately, disappearing films, visits from bats and the unearthing of a possible Bronte painting Lots to think about.

Haworth Old Hall – A Great place to stay, read about it HERE

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Haworth – STILL Wuthering and Very Much So!

Posted in BRONTE BITES, PAST PLACES with tags , , on September 5, 2009 by echostains

The Black Bull pub by day

The Black Bull pub by day

Yes we went to Haworth yet again…and what weather it it was!  I have never been when it’s rained, I have never stayed over and seen the place in the dark.  So there were quite a few first there.  I will put my new pictures on tomorrow, in the meanwhile enjoy ‘Did the REAL Charlotte Bronte just Stand up?’

Branwell Bronte: those cobbles have a lot to answer for!

Branwell Bronte: those cobbles have a lot to answer for!

P.S.  I have a new theory about Branwell Bronte: that poor lad wasn’t drunk at all – it was the cobbles that did for him! (they are lethal, especially coming out of the pub…in the rain…in the dark).  Lol!

Did the REAL Charlotte Bronte Just Stand up?

Posted in ART HISTORY, BRONTE BITES with tags , , , , on September 4, 2009 by echostains

The Bronte sisters by Branwell

The Bronte sisters by Branwell

This is a follow up to my post called ‘Will the Real Charlotte Bronte Please Stand up?  This was written a while ago.  I tried to establish what Charlotte Bronte really looked like (and didn’t get anywhere lol!)  This subject still fascinates me though, so I was intrigued to read recently that James Gorin Von Grosny from Devon had bought a painting whom he believes are the Bronte sisters, painted by Edwin Lanseer.  The connection with Lanseer and the Bronte’s comes about through Ellen Nussey’s brother being a friend of his.
could this be a fresh portrait of the Bronte sisters?

could this be a fresh portrait of the Bronte sisters?

 

Now, before you dismiss this claim as outlandish and unlikely, Mr Von Grosny puts up a formidable arguement  defending his claim and a lively debate is going  on the Bronte blog HERE.  It makes fascinating reading and  Mr Von Grosny addresses many issues regarding the work.  It is obvious that he has done a lot of research into the Bronte’s and has a genuine interest in them.

 

closer up

closer up

 

Even the way that the owner aquired this portrait is unusual in itself (read it HERE).  The whole story is intriguing and I am keeping a very open mind.  After all, we have so many portraits, each differing of Charlotte: so many conflicting descriptions of her appearence.  For example, even the samples of her hair differ.  I was at the Bronte Parsonage yesterday and saw three different examples, purported to be Charlottes hair.  There was a necklace made of fair hair, a mourning card with red blonde hair and a very dark lock of hair which is confusing. So why SHOULDN’T this portrait be of the Bronte’s? We don’t know for a fact it isn’t so far.

 

the knee sketch

the knee sketch

 

 

The reverse of the painting contains a sketch of a knee.  Mr Von Grosny asserts that this ties in with a painting that Charlotte did of a shepherdess with the same scar below the knee.  It is thought to be a self portrait.  There is so much to the story of this painting – the suspense is killing me lol!  But just because I WANT it to be the Bronte’s, won’t make it so, but evidence will.  I can assure you that Mr Von Grosny is busy collecting it!  This portrait has a tale to tell I feel, and I want to hear it!

Constructive comments are invited

Please note:  this debate has been transferred onto Bookstains where hopefully it will continue and get more views

Sex, Drugs and Literature: Branwell Bronte Gets his Place in the Sun at Last!

Posted in BRONTE BITES, PAST PLACES, WATCHED with tags , , , , on September 1, 2009 by echostains

Branwell Bronte self portait warts and all

Branwell Bronte self portait warts and all

Great!  Finally an exhibition that focuses on Branwell Bronte!  Poor old Branwell, the eternal Black Sheep of the Bronte family.  I have always felt that he has been much maligned, not helped by himself I may add.  This article puts it so succinctly when it points out the expectations and burden placed on the only son of the family.  For the highly strung Branwell proved too much and he collapsed under the strain.  It’s not as if he didn’t have the talent: it was the fortitude and determination he lacked.  That makes him very human in my opinion and for that reason he will always remain my favorite Bronte (along with the more controlled Charlotte).

wuthering-heights ITV 2009 I saw these costumes at the Bronte parsonage museum  a few months ago

wuthering-heights ITV 2009 I saw these costumes at the Bronte parsonage museum a few months ago

 

In actual fact, I am having a bit of a Bronte week!  Not only do I spot this exhibition at the Bronte Parsonage Museum, Haworth  (that I intend to go to…this week if I can), but we have a made for television version (ITV) of ‘Wuthering Heights (first part shown yesterday and second tonight).  Then…an exciting development on the ‘Will the REAL Charlotte Bronte Please stand up’ front!!!  Intrigued?  Reader you will be!

Branwell Bronte Exibition ‘Sex Drugs and Literature’ – The Infernal World of Branwell Bronte’ article HERE

Details from the Bronte Parsonage Museum HERE

Back in the Picture

Posted in ART, BRONTE BITES, DESIGN, PAST PLACES, YORK BREAK with tags , , on June 19, 2009 by echostains

At last!  We got a new camera!  The other one broke and couldn’t be fixed.  I have missed not having a camera a lot.  I saw lots of interesting sight today in Manchester.  My mobile just does not do it at all……

haworth church stained glass

 

haworth church stained glass

I also like to keep track of my depleting face, which seems to be altering shape by the day..and not in a good way I may add!  I can’t wait to get snapping away!  Here’s one I did earlier with the last life of the old camera –

inside the apothecary haworth

inside the apothecary haworth

Just a Short Note Away……

Posted in WATCHED with tags , , on May 31, 2009 by echostains

Shaheen jafagholi star talent

Shaheen jafagholi star talent

Well, just a shortie post as I’m off to work soon.  Britains’ Got Talent  final will be on tonight and may the BEST one win.  Hopefully it will be the one with the most TALENT and not the one with the best STORY…….  I live in hope that the times they are a changing.

haworth main street with vintage car

haworth main street with vintage car

 

Here’s one place which never changes. I came across this photo taken recently in Haworth.  The village celebrated its 60th anniversary of V.E. Day on May 8th, so perhaps this was a practise run.  Read more about the day here

Most Haunted: The Black Bull Haworth: Tales of the Much Expected

Posted in BRONTE BITES, PAST PLACES, RANTINGS, WATCHED with tags , , , , , on May 28, 2009 by echostains

Black Bull Haworth some things never change

Black Bull Haworth some things never change

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. 

elizabeth gaskell great writer with romantic notions

elizabeth gaskell great writer with romantic notions

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 chair where the spirit of the 'malevolent' Branwell sat

The chair where the spirit of the 'malevolent' Branwell sat

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)

 

Branwell Bronte was he as bad as he was painted?

Branwell Bronte was he as bad as he was painted?

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!

branwell bronte no Heathcliff

branwell bronte no Heathcliff

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!

 

haworth graveyard in the daylight

haworth graveyard in the daylight

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

Recently read: The Brontes Haworth, the palce and people the Bronte’s knew by S R Whitehead

 Will the REAL Charlotte Bronte Please stand up!

York Break: Haworth still Wuthering after all these years