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Haworth is a rural village in Bradford, West Yorkshire; it is part of the parish of Haworth, Cross Roads and Stanbury, which in turn is part of the Bradford Metropolitan District Council, one of the five metropolitan boroughs of West Yorkshire; it is located above the Worth Valley amongst the Pennines and is first mentioned as a settlement in 1209; the name may refer to a "hedged enclosure" or "hawthorn enclosure"; the name was recorded as "Howorth" on a 1771 map.

Tourism accounts for much of the local seasonal trade, with the major attractions being the steam railway and the Brontë parsonage and as a tourist attraction village it is best known for its association with the Brontë sisters; it is a good base for exploring the principal attractions of Brontë Country, while still being close to the major cities of Bradford and Leeds.

Haworth railway station is part of the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway, an authentic preserved steam railway; the 43 miles (69 kilometre) long Brontë Way leads past Lower Laithe Reservoir, Stanbury to the Brontë waterfalls, the Brontë Bridge and the Brontë Stone Chair in which, it is said, the sisters took turns to sit and write their first stories; it then leads out of the valley and up on the moors to Ponden Hall, reputedly Thrushcross Grange in Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights, and then to Top Withens, a desolate ruin which was reputedly the setting for the farmstead Wuthering Heights; Top Withens can also be reached by a shorter walking route departing from the nearby village of Stanbury.

The Brontë sisters were born in Thornton, but wrote most of their novels while living at the Haworth Parsonage, which is now a museum owned and maintained by the Brontë Society, while their father was the parson at the adjacent Church of St. Michael and All Angels.

In the 19th century, the town and surrounding settlements were largely industrialized, which put it at odds with the popular portrayal in Wuthering Heights, which only bore resemblance to the upper moorland that Emily Brontë was accustomed to.

The Haworth Brass Band is one of the oldest secular musical organisations in the Keighley area and its band room is located in the heart of the Haworth Village; history records indicate that there was a brass band at Ponden, close by as far back as 1854 with a body of excellent performers; it was founded by John Heaton who lived at Ponden; the band had the job of playing at a celebration in Haworth at the conclusion of the Crimean War; over the years the world of brass band music went from strength to strength, during which time the Haworth Band went with it; as it stands today the Haworth Band is a busy and thriving organisation that is closely linked to the local community.

"Scroggling the Holly is an annual holly gathering event that takes place each November in Haworth; at the start of the festive season bands and Morris men lead a procession of children in Victorian costume, who follow the Holly Queen up the cobbles to her crowning ceremony on the church steps; the newly crowned Holly Queen unlocks the church gates to invite the spirit of Christmas into Haworth; father Christmas then arrives bringing with him glad tidings and Christmas cheer to all.

Also every year the village hosts a 1940s weekend where locals and visitors don wartime attire for a host of nostalgic events.

Famous People: The Brontë sisters, Anne, Emily and Charlotte.



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