I've dreamt in my life dreams that have stayed with me ever after, and changed my ideas: they've gone through and through me, like wine through water, and altered the color of my mind.
Emily Bronte
Wuthering Heights

zaterdag 11 juni 2016

And more beautiful photographes.

A few images taken on the Main Street set for "To Walk Invisible". Shops in the Bronte sisters time.

Pictures from
The Brontës knew a village that was a scene of constant building activity: new houses and shops were always in the course of construction and old houses were replaced by new.
In the time of the Brontës it had booksellers, grocers, tailors, drapers, a clockmaker and surgeons.  Around the miniature square at the church steps (8) were an apothecary, a wine and spirit merchant, an ironmonger (who doubled as a postmaster), a temperance hotel and four inns (the Black Bull, the Old White Lion, the Cross, and the King’s Arms).  In among these businesses were more humble trades: many boot and clog makers, a blacksmith and joiners, plasterers and stone masons.   Many of the buildings on Main Street were built as shops, with large display windows – some with handsome stone surrounds – to attract customers.  The village had a Cooperative Society with a shop, once in the central ‘square’ but later further down Main Street, where its premises, built in 1897, proudly display the inscription ‘Haworth Industrial Cooperative Society Limited Central Stores’ (15).  The village also had a branch of the Yorkshire Penny Bank, which opened in 1860 and by 1894 had moved to what is now the Visitor Information Centre (7), adding the prominent turret on the older building to proclaim its importance. In the time of the Brontës, Haworth was very much a working village.  The main industry was the production of worsted yarn and cloth: worsteds were fine cloths using long-fibre wool.  The work was mainly carried out in factories: the biggest in Haworth was Bridgehouse Mills (24), on the Bridgehouse Beck in the valley below the village. Haworth - Historic England

When Mrs. S. A. J. Moore died in August, 1950, a link with a family closely associated with the Brontës was snapped. She was the grand-daughter of John Greenwood, the Haworth stationer who supplied the Brontë sisters with the notepaper which they used for their voluminous writings. Mrs. Moore's mother, Mrs. Jane Ellen Widdop, often came into contact with the Brontës when she was a little girl. tandfonline

Originally a woolcomber, John Greenwood became the stationer and bookseller from whom the Brontës obtained their writing paper. oxfordindex

Barraclough's first shop in Haworth was opposite the Black Bull Inn, at the top of the main street. It is claimed that amongst others who stopped to peer into the shop window was the Revd.Patrick Bronte. Read more: archiver.rootsweb.ancestry/BARRACLOUGH/



See how Haworth's Main Street was transported back to 1840s for a new BBC drama

HAWORTH'S most visited street has been transformed to resemble the way it looked in the 1840s as part of a major new BBC drama about the Bronte Family. The team responsible for To Walk Invisible has been busy installing replica 19th century style shopfronts and laying compost down on the street to make it look bleaker and grubbier. Preparation work on Main Street began late last month but the "set dressing" intensified last week. A section of the street was then closed to both vehicles and pedestrians from Monday and will reopen at 7pm on Thursday. The closure will allow filming to take place between the Post Office and Croft Street. Several shops have temporarily closed and will re-open at the end of this week. Traffic diversions have been put in place, with pedestrian routes between the upper and lower parts of Main Street signposted.

To Walk Invisible has been written and directed by Yorkshire woman Sally Wainwright and is due to be shown by the BBC at Christmas. Main Street trader Simon Packham, whose shop And Chocolate has been made to look like an 1840s ironmonger's, said he was deeply impressed by what the set makers have achieved. "I'm amazed by the work they've done here, it's incredible," he added.
"I'm really looking forward to seeing this screened." thetelegraphandargus

donderdag 9 juni 2016

You have to use your imagination here.

First is Tony's book shop (the old Cobbles and Clay), all local produce;
Then there is Daisy Days like you have never seen it, purveyors of fine meats;
Next along, and the only shop with a vague hint of familiarity, is my chocolate shop, er, ironmongers;...
and finally, bright turquoise window frames extinguished, is Catkins, stationers;

The film crew really have done an amazing job here. Even if you saw the changes over the weekend, the transformation today has been fantastic.

I think the only thing left is for me to attempt some 'innocent' and surreptitious product placement amongst the rat traps and knife grinders. Don't tell Auntie Beeb

The Bronte Society Summer Festival 2016.

This weekend, from Friday 10th to Monday 13th June, marks the 2016 Brontë Summer Festival in Haworth. This annual event revolves around the Brontë Society conference, which this year will be held on Saturday at 2pm, but there’s a lot of other great events taking place as well for society members and members of the public alike.

Read more on Nick Holland's blog: annebronte

dinsdag 7 juni 2016

More shots from the wonderful To Walk Invisible film

andChocolate Haworth@andChocolateUK                           

Update on the goings-on in Haworth today.

Update on the goings-on in Haworth today. Our shop is now R. Lambert Chemist & Druggist! We feel so lucky to be a (small) part of this amazing film set for the BBC drama "To Walk Invisible" and have watched Main Street transform before our very eyes today! Filming starts tomorrow.


maandag 6 juni 2016

Haworth Main is now a film set under construction.

Rose & Co.
Haworth Main is now a film set under construction. Our shop will form part of the set, the only changes to the shop front will be to the sign as the shop is alr...eady so in keeping with the era! The people on our forecourt are busy making "groceries" for the set, and soil is being spread on the cobbles for a more authentic look. More pics to follow - remember we are closed - re-opening Friday.

Cobbles & Clay will re-open on Saturday 11 June 2016.

IMG_0387The BBC production team, who have been using the upstairs space at Cobbles & Clay for meetings over the past few months, have now started setting up for filming of of Sally Wainwright’s TV film drama about the Brontes ‘To Walk Invisible’, on Haworth’s Main Street.

Filming will take place 6-9 June 2016 which unfortunately means we have to close for a few days but we’re taking the opportunity to make some exciting changes to the café. Our cake fridge and produce deli will be moved closer to the entrance so that customers can get to them without blocking up the till area, and the coffee machine and till are being moved closer to the kitchen. We’re also creating extra seating downstairs, bringing in some new display shelving and adding a lick of paint.

We’re also very excited that our sister gift shop Daisy Days and the cellar of our old premises, which are further down Main Street, will be part of the 1840s set being created for the film. Until filming starts on 6 June, Main Street and all its shops are open as usual.

Also, beautiful photographes of  Mark Davis facebook/photo (click)

The Parlour

The Parlour



Charlotte Bronte

Presently the door opened, and in came a superannuated mastiff, followed by an old gentleman very like Miss Bronte, who shook hands with us, and then went to call his daughter. A long interval, during which we coaxed the old dog, and looked at a picture of Miss Bronte, by Richmond, the solitary ornament of the room, looking strangely out of place on the bare walls, and at the books on the little shelves, most of them evidently the gift of the authors since Miss Bronte's celebrity. Presently she came in, and welcomed us very kindly, and took me upstairs to take off my bonnet, and herself brought me water and towels. The uncarpeted stone stairs and floors, the old drawers propped on wood, were all scrupulously clean and neat. When we went into the parlour again, we began talking very comfortably, when the door opened and Mr. Bronte looked in; seeing his daughter there, I suppose he thought it was all right, and he retreated to his study on the opposite side of the passage; presently emerging again to bring W---- a country newspaper. This was his last appearance till we went. Miss Bronte spoke with the greatest warmth of Miss Martineau, and of the good she had gained from her. Well! we talked about various things; the character of the people, - about her solitude, etc., till she left the room to help about dinner, I suppose, for she did not return for an age. The old dog had vanished; a fat curly-haired dog honoured us with his company for some time, but finally manifested a wish to get out, so we were left alone. At last she returned, followed by the maid and dinner, which made us all more comfortable; and we had some very pleasant conversation, in the midst of which time passed quicker than we supposed, for at last W---- found that it was half-past three, and we had fourteen or fifteen miles before us. So we hurried off, having obtained from her a promise to pay us a visit in the spring... ------------------- "She cannot see well, and does little beside knitting. The way she weakened her eyesight was this: When she was sixteen or seventeen, she wanted much to draw; and she copied nimini-pimini copper-plate engravings out of annuals, ('stippling,' don't the artists call it?) every little point put in, till at the end of six months she had produced an exquisitely faithful copy of the engraving. She wanted to learn to express her ideas by drawing. After she had tried to draw stories, and not succeeded, she took the better mode of writing; but in so small a hand, that it is almost impossible to decipher what she wrote at this time.

I asked her whether she had ever taken opium, as the description given of its effects in Villette was so exactly like what I had experienced, - vivid and exaggerated presence of objects, of which the outlines were indistinct, or lost in golden mist, etc. She replied, that she had never, to her knowledge, taken a grain of it in any shape, but that she had followed the process she always adopted when she had to describe anything which had not fallen within her own experience; she had thought intently on it for many and many a night before falling to sleep, - wondering what it was like, or how it would be, - till at length, sometimes after the progress of her story had been arrested at this one point for weeks, she wakened up in the morning with all clear before her, as if she had in reality gone through the experience, and then could describe it, word for word, as it had happened. I cannot account for this psychologically; I only am sure that it was so, because she said it. ----------------------She thought much of her duty, and had loftier and clearer notions of it than most people, and held fast to them with more success. It was done, it seems to me, with much more difficulty than people have of stronger nerves, and better fortunes. All her life was but labour and pain; and she never threw down the burden for the sake of present pleasure. I don't know what use you can make of all I have said. I have written it with the strong desire to obtain appreciation for her. Yet, what does it matter? She herself appealed to the world's judgement for her use of some of the faculties she had, - not the best, - but still the only ones she could turn to strangers' benefit. They heartily, greedily enjoyed the fruits of her labours, and then found out she was much to be blamed for possessing such faculties. Why ask for a judgement on her from such a world?" elizabeth gaskell/charlotte bronte

Poem: No coward soul is mine

No coward soul is mine,
No trembler in the worlds storm-troubled sphere:
I see Heavens glories shine,
And faith shines equal, arming me from fear.

O God within my breast.
Almighty, ever-present Deity!
Life -- that in me has rest,
As I -- Undying Life -- have power in Thee!

Vain are the thousand creeds
That move mens hearts: unutterably vain;
Worthless as withered weeds,
Or idlest froth amid the boundless main,

To waken doubt in one
Holding so fast by Thine infinity;
So surely anchored on
The steadfast Rock of immortality.

With wide-embracing love
Thy Spirit animates eternal years,
Pervades and broods above,
Changes, sustains, dissolves, creates, and rears.

Though earth and man were gone,
And suns and universes ceased to be,
And Thou wert left alone,
Every existence would exist in Thee.

There is not room for Death,
Nor atom that his might could render void:
Thou -- Thou art Being and Breath,
And what Thou art may never be destroyed.

Emily Bronte

Family tree

The Bronte Family

Grandparents - paternal
Hugh Brunty was born 1755 and died circa 1808. He married Eleanor McClory, known as Alice in 1776.

Grandparents - maternal
Thomas Branwell (born 1746 died 5th April 1808) was married in 1768 to Anne Carne (baptised 27th April 1744 and died 19th December 1809).

Father was Patrick Bronte, the eldest of 10 children born to Hugh Brunty and Eleanor (Alice) McClory. He was born 17th March 1777 and died on 7th June 1861. Mother was Maria Branwell, who was born on 15th April 1783 and died on 15th September 1821.

Maria had a sister, Elizabeth who was known as Aunt Branwell. She was born in 1776 and died on 29th October 1842.

Patrick Bronte married Maria Branwell on 29th December 1812.

The Bronte Children
Patrick and Maria Bronte had six children.
The first child was Maria, who was born in 1814 and died on 6th June 1825.
The second daughter, Elizabeth was born on 8th February 1815 and died shortly after Maria on 15th June 1825. Charlotte was the third daughter, born on 21st April 1816.

Charlotte married Arthur Bell Nicholls (born 1818) on 29th June 1854. Charlotte died on 31st March 1855. Arthur lived until 2nd December 1906.

The first and only son born to Patrick and Maria was Patrick Branwell, who was born on 26th June 1817 and died on 24th September 1848.

Emily Jane, the fourth daughter was born on 30th July 1818 and died on 19th December 1848.

The sixth and last child was Anne, born on 17th January 1820 who died on 28th May 1849.

Top Withens in the snow.

Top Withens in the snow.



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