"Haworth Church in Charlotte Brontë's time" (Wood, facing p.16). In one of Clement Shorter's notes to Mrs Gaskell's biography of Charlotte, he reports that this building dated from 1755, and was designed by the Rev. William Grimshaw — but that it differs considerably from the one we see today:

the church in which Mr. Brontë preached and his daughters worshipped for so many years has been entirely destroyed. The tower — the only genuinely old portion of the structure — was preserved. The closing services at Haworth Old Church took place on September 14, 1879, and the new church was consecrated on February 22, 1881. [7-8]

Another visitor, Butler Wood, writes that neverthless within the newer building

lie the remains of all the members of the family except Anne, who was buried at Scarborough. A Brontë memorial tablet is placed on a wall in the old tower, and in the south aisle of the church is a stained-glass window in memory of the Brontës, placed there by an American citizen. The Brontë grave lies at the south end of the communion-rail, and is marked by a brass tablet bearing the names of Charlotte and Emily Brontë. Visitors should not omit to inspect the registers containing entries relating to members of the family. [316]

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Barker, Juliet. The Brontës. London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1994.

Shorter, Clement. Notes. In The Life of Charlotte Brontë, by Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell. New York and London: Harper & Bros., 1900. Internet Archive. Contributed by the Library of Congress. Web. 3 December 2017.

Wood, Butler, ed. Charlotte Brontë, 1816-1916; a centenary memorial, prepared by the Brontë society, with a foreword by Mrs. Humphry Ward and 3 maps and 28 illustrations. New York: Dutton, 1918. Internet Archive. Contributed by University of California Libraries. Web. 3 December 2017.

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