There are several theories about which real building or buildings (if any) may have inspired Wuthering Heights. One common candidate is Top Withens, a ruined farmhouse located in an isolated area near the Haworth Parsonage, although its structure does not match that of the farmhouse described in the novel. Top Withens was first suggested as the model by Ellen Nussey, a friend of Charlotte Brontë, to Edward Morison Wimperis, an artist who was commissioned to illustrate the Brontë sisters' novels in 1872. In the days of yesteryear it was a very serious matter to undertake a journey in Yorkshire (some might say nothing has changed). The moors offered a dangerous journey from one town to the next. The weather could cause you to be up to your saddle bags in mud and the next, neck up in snow! But it wasn’t just the weather that bothered the Yorkshire folks’ neither was it the bad roads, it was the worry that if you was to wander the moors past the time of dusk that the other-worldly denizens of the moors would strike! Many people would often see Peg’s Lantern, a Yorkshire Will-o’the Wisp flitting around the moors and even the Bronte’s were aware of their local ghost stories. On nearby Blood Lane, wandered the spirit of Captain Batt walking to his home of Oakwell Hall. The Captain had returned unexpectedly to his home on December 9th 1684, it was dusk. The Captain entered his home walked up the stairs and vanished leaving a bloody footprint. The servants were shocked to hear the next day that the Captain had been killed the previous afternoon in a duel in London. So be warned, observe the strict 6hr cut off or you might bump into Captain Batt!
Sunday 7th April 2019
10:30 am – 12:00 pm