Edwin Merral's citrus fruits in more detail.
For further details of these 7 separate glass panels (combined view B)
and the previous view (A) with dark surround and 6 separate glass panels,
please click here
Ornate columns and balustrades on the first floor emphasise the richness of Victorian craftsmanship. All in all, gentle echoes of Whitworth's "Cragside".
Here we see the view from the first floor
towards the grandiose "Merral Window" with its citrus fruits.
The ground floor lounge shows off the reproduction William Morris Honeysuckle wallpaper. Wallpaper does not last for ever, but this paper was carefully chosen to recreate, as far as possible, the original decor - and to nice effect.
The "glass-bottle" TV, with its 4:3 aspect ratio, has also become part of (admittedly more recent) history, but here has been helped into the digital era with the aid of the tuner sitting on top.
The path from the hostel to Haworth Village Top led over the railway footbridge. A train, hauled by a Midland Railway Locomotive dating from 1920 - and still going strong - had just entered Haworth Station. It had come from Oxenhope and was bound for Keighley to the north, about four miles from here down the Worth Valley.
Haworth's cobbled high street, relieved of much of its vehicular traffic by the Haworth by-pass, echoed today to the sounds of visitors looking forward to the Bank Holiday weekend.
Haworth has a number of historical and traditional inns and watering holes, including the
"Kings Arms" (Should it be "King's Arms? - come on you grammarians!),
nicely decked out in summer flowers ...
... and with its impressive inn sign.
Closer inspection reveals just how impressive it is!
How many visitors have stopped to take in this artistic splendour?
The Brontë Parsonage was definitely worth a visit. It contains restorations of some of the original rooms, and shows furniture, clothing, artifacts and ephemera that belonged to the Brontë sisters and their family. Conditions of the time - early 19th century - meant that many of the Brontës did not live much beyond their 30s, with tuberculosis often working against longevity. Despite this, the three Brontë sisters - Charlotte, Emily and Anne - were able to leave their decisive mark on the
English literary landscape.
The Parsonage is owned and run by the Brontë Society. The society, unlike the National Trust, requested "no photograhy" within the building, so who was I to give Cloggies a bad name by having a camera "switched on" and secretly hidden on my person?
Haworth church dates from 1883, pre-dating the YHA building by one year - but not the YHA!.
Some of the Brontës were buried in a vault in the old church, as the memorial in the "new" church makes clear to visitors.
The pulpit and nearby baptismal font show the ornate craftsmanship of Victorian stone masonry to good effect. Can't have been cheap to produce!
Our vintage 1920 locomotive has shuttled its train of post-war (WWII) and post-nationalisation carriages between Keighley and Oxenhope several times today.
Now it's bound for Keighley once more.
The engine shed in Haworth shows off some of the K&WVR's motive power including DMUs from 1958/9, a tank engine from 1952, the class 37 diesel from 1962 and a diesel shunter from 1954.
All over half a century old and still going strong! A mill lurks in the background, as if to emphasise the raison d'être for the K&WVR in the first place.
Haworth station, on the way back to the hostel, shows off its Victorian splendor embellished by the "late-1950s-early-1960s" house style - dark red paint, white lettering and BR logo. Times Past!