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Haworth Conservation Area

Conservation Areas turn 50 this year as we mark the anniversary of the Civic Amenities Act. Here, we celebrate the conservation area of Haworth, West Yorkshire.

Haworth Conservation Area

“A conservation area is an area of special architectural or historic interest the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance” (Section 69 of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990). Haworth Conservation Area was the first in Bradford District. It was designated in 1971 and extended in 1978 to include Central Park and the Bridgehouse area. 

High Street Haworth
Haworth High Street © Historic England

Location

Haworth is a Pennine village 16 kilometres west of Bradford; the conservation area rises up the valley side, towards the west from Bridgehouse Beck, a tributary of the River Worth. The Beck also defines the route of the Keighley and Worth Valley Heritage Railway, and Haworth is the penultimate station at the southern end of the line.

The Brontes

Haworth is most famous for being the home of the literary triumvirate of Charlotte, Emily and Ann Bronte. Haworth Parsonage - now the Bronte Parsonage Museum - lies on the western side of the village, overlooking Haworth Church. The Parsonage backs on to the Moors, which are said to be part of the inspiration for Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights.

Old School Room Haworth
© Historic England

Our work in Haworth

The Conservation Area became 'at risk' in 2011. Historic England worked in partnership with Bradford Council and local groups to tackle the cause of the problem. Several shop fronts were improved and the Bronte School Room, built by Patrick Bronte and taught in by all the sisters was restored with the aid of grants from Historic England.

Haworth Shop Front
Haworth Shop Front © Historic England
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