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Life of Patrick Brontė celebrated at Haworth Parsonage
Haworth Parsonage
Patrick Brontė lived at the Parsonage in Haworth until his death in 1861

Objects owned by Patrick Brontë, father of the famous literary sisters, have gone on show in Haworth to mark the 150th anniversary of his death in 1861.

Born in Ireland in 1777, the son of a poor farmer, Patrick Brontë studied at Cambridge University before eventually being appointed vicar of Haworth.

The new exhibition features some of the curate's own publications, as well as many letters and personal possessions.

Organisers hope to show that Brontë was a fascinating man in his own right.

Andrew McCarthy, director of the Brontë Museum, said: "This exhibition is a first for the museum.

"Understandably, there has been a tendency to focus on Patrick's famous daughters and their great literary achievements.

"But Patrick was an extraordinary figure in his own right - as an author, scholar, clergyman, and social campaigner, as well as the father and educator of his remarkable children."

The exhibition also features a number of important loan items from the John Rylands Library at the University of Manchester and the Brotherton Library at the University of Leeds.

On loan

After the death of his last daughter, Charlotte, Patrick asked novelist Elizabeth Gaskell to write "an account of her life".

The letters on loan from the John Rylands Library document Patrick's involvement in the first biography of Charlotte Brontë by providing Gaskell with background information on his early life and memories of his daughter.

Also included in the exhibition is what organisers describe as "a very special letter" on loan from the Brotherton Library.

Written by Maria Branwell before she married Patrick, it is addressed to "My Dear Saucy Pat" and is one of the few surviving letters that exist by Mrs Brontë.

Haworth Church
Patrick Brontė was appointed vicar of Haworth in 1821

After the sudden death of his wife, Patrick was left to raise their six young children on his own.

He outlived all of them, eventually dying at the age of 84.

Andrew McCarthy, from the Brontë Parsonage Museum, said it was about time the life and achievements of Patrick Brontë were celebrated in Haworth.

He said: "This exhibition is long overdue and will give visitors an insight not only into Patrick as the 'father of genius', but also into his own fascinating background and his prominent role within nineteenth century Haworth."

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