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Bronte birthplace goes for sale
Sign on the Bronte house in Bradford
A plaque on the house details its rich history
The birthplace of the Bronte sisters in West Yorkshire is being sold off in a property auction.

The historic four-bedroomed house in the Thornton area of Bradford is to be sold after the current owner, novelist Barbara Whitehead, decided to sell up.

The Grade II listed building on Market Street has a guide price of 200,000 and boasts a plaque detailing its link with the famous family.

The authors were born there before the family moved to Haworth parsonage.

Mrs Whitehead sold her home in York to buy the Bradford property with a view to restoring it faithfully to its Georgian splendour.

The aim had been to resell the property to the Bronte Birthplace Trust, but the charity failed to get Lottery funding and eventually folded.

Visitors from as far afield as Japan and America regularly came to the house.

The Bronte family moved into the property in 1815 before their father took them to Haworth in 1820.

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