As some of you may know I am a Yorkshire Lass born and bred and during June I am visiting family and friends in my home county.
Today I visited Haworth only a short drive away from my hometown it is the home of the Bronte sisters, Charlotte who wrote Jane Eyre, Emily of course famous for Wuthering Heights and Ann, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.
Haworth retains much of its old world charm and is full of beautiful shops.
Particularly striking is the old sweet shop and The Apothecary which still contains its original Victorian shop fittings.
Look at the beautiful wooden shelving and distinctive glass jars and potion bottles. The shop dates from the times when shopping was a personal experience and the chemist would make up pills and medicines for every ailment. Unfortunately his efforts were in vain,
It is estimated that 40,000 people are buried in the small churchyard and records show that 40% of children died before the age of 6
Haworth was a dirty little town with typhus, smallpox and consumption raging through the neighbourhood mainly due to the poor sanitation.
The graveyard surrounding the church is full of headstones telling the tragic story of children lost to families through sickness and disease.