Category Archive '“Wuthering Heights”'

11 Sep 2020

For All the Bronte Fans Out There

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Ponden Hall apparently served as the inspiration for Emily Bronte’s Thrushcross Grange and Wuthering Heights, as well as Anne Bronte’s Wildfell Hall.


A house thought to be the inspiration for Emily Bronte when writing 19th century classic Wuthering Heights is on sale for more than £1m.

Ponden Hall, in Stanbury, West Yorkshire, dates back to 1541 and played host to Bronte and her family during their childhood.

Several features of the property are said to have inspired her work.

In 2014, it was converted into a bed and breakfast which is currently run by owners Steve Brown and Julie Akhurst.

It is also believed to have inspired Anne Brontë’s novel, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.

Sisters Emily and Anne, who began writing as children along with their sibling Charlotte, first came across Ponden Hall during the Crow Hill Bog Burst, a mudslide that occurred following heavy rainfall in September 1824.

While this was the girls’ first encounter with Ponden, they continued to visit, with the house providing inspiration for both Wuthering Heights and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.

The library at Ponden, considered one of the finest in West Yorkshire and which boasted a Shakespeare first portfolio, was particularly appealing to the Brontes, who would often stop by to use it.


Strutt and Parker has the listing.

Ponden Hall is a magnificent Grade II* Listed detached country house with the east end dating back to 1541 and the main house dating back to 1634. Steeped in history and with a fascinating historical connection to the Bronte family and their literature, Ponden Hall is widely accepted to be the inspiration for the interiors of both Wuthering Heights and Wildfell Hall.

The property features beautiful original details including exposed timber beams, vaulted ceilings and exposed stone work, creating a thoroughly unique and appealing living space. Currently run as an award-winning bed and breakfast, Ponden Hall sits in extensive grounds of approximately 4 acres with spectacular panoramic views over Ponden Reservoir and the open countryside beyond.

10 rooms, 7 bedroom, 2 baths, 5015 sq. ft. (466 sq. m.) 4 acres. Offers Over £1,000,000 ($1,280,000).

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