Source: Wood, facing p. 160.
Thornton was a "much more pleasant and social place" when the Rev. Brontë, his wife Maria, and their young family lived there (Barker 64). Butler Wood writes:
The village of Thornton, four miles west of Bradford, is now included within the boundary of this city. The house in which the Bronte children were born is situated in the Market Street, nearly opposite the Mechanics' Institute. It is now used as a house and shop, but during the Rev. Patrick Bronte's sojourn it served as the Vicarage. There is a tablet on the wall indicating its connection with the family. The Old Church where the Rev. Patrick Bronte officiated is now in ruins; it lies on the left of the road just before entering the village, which may be reached by tram-car from the city. [Wood 318]
The family moved to Haworth in 1820, and that is where Maria became ill and died, leaving the children motherless. Ann was only three months old then.
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