He was at Clough House when the croppers banded together to try to destroy the cropping machines being installed in the large mills. They called themselves Luddites, and met at the Shears inn in Halifax Road to plan the attack.
Despite arriving at Hartshead Church (now St Peter’s) in 1810, Patrick wasn’t officially inducted until July of the following year. He was incumbent there until 1815 when he exchanged parishes with the vicar of Thornton in Bradford. spenboroughguardian
A DOOR which once graced the Spen residence of the Rev Patrick Bronte has found a new home in Dewsbury Minster. 2004
The front door, which is at least two centuries old, was in place at Clough House, Halifax Road, Hightown, until about five years ago. However, its condition had deteriorated so much it had to be removed, though it has been kept in storage at the listed building ever since. Some time ago the owner, Mrs Mary Crowther, offered it to the Bronte Society, who found a suitable home for it at Dewsbury MInster. Imelda Marsden, from the Society, said: "I'm really delighted because it is going back to where Patrick preached. This door has seen a lot of history and the Luddites would have walked past it. I'm thrilled we have found a home for it." dewsburyreporter
HARTSHEAD, to which living Patrick was presented July 20th, 1810, by the Rev. John Buckworth, vicar of Dewsbury, is a small hamlet situated on a commanding eminence overlooking Calderdale, about four miles west of Dewsbury. Hartshead has now been created a parish, but up till a comparatively recent date, it was a chapelry in the parish of Dewsbury, the gift of the living being, as it is at the present day, in the hands of the vicar of Dewsbury. When Bronte came here, there was no parsonage house, so he put up, after his marriage, at a tall house at the top of Clough Lane, in Hightown, a neighbouring hamlet in the parish of Birstall. No doubt all round this commanding height the eye could range for many miles over an open, well wooded and well watered
The Eev. Patrick Bronte entered on his incumbency here on July 20th, 1810. He remained at Hartshead for five years, during which time he became deservedly popular as a preacher, so much so that when he exchanged with the Eev. Thomas Atkinson, incumbent of Thornton, the Hightown folks used often to walk over on a Sunday to hear their old clergyman preach. Mrs. Gaskell tells us that daring his stay here he was reputed as being a " very handsome fellow, full of Irish enthusiasm, and with something of an Irishman's capability of falling easily in love."
Hartshead Churcli, dedicated to St. Peter, with its weather-beaten Norman tower, and its old yew tree
is well worth a careful study. When the second Earl of Warren granted the living of Dewsbury to the priory of Lewes, this church was then in existence, that is, about 1120. It has been restored quite recently, but it still retains its Norman characte-
ristics in a striking manner. Its doorway and chancel arch, although not so highly adorned as the church at Adel, are well worthy of inspection. The old candelabrum of brass suspended from the ceiling, the finely carved reredos, and the quaint stained windows in great part erected to commemorate members of the Armytage family buried here, all take one's attention. The Armytage vault with their crest, a hand grasping a dagger, and the motto " Semper paratus," is seen in the floor of the church. In the vestry, Patrick Bronte's minute signature can be inspected in the register books which date back as far as 1612. The churchyard has nothing very notable in it. The oldest stone is one to the memory of the Hilleley family of Clifton, and bears the date 1614. archive/brontecountry