Branwell’s legacy: David’s postcard from the Black Bull, Haworth

David at the Black Bull pub, Haworth, 2015

David visits the Black Bull pub, Haworth, 2015

Why I went and what I got out of the experience…

I suppose the odd thing about the Black Bull in Haworth being a site of literary tourism is that it is the place where Branwell Bronte was when he should have been elsewhere actually doing some writing. Yet, ironically, no other place, not even the Bronte Parsonage, has come to represent what legacy he has as much as this pub. This idea of wasted potential has often been rather romanticised, although one suspects the reality of Branwell drinking himself to death was rather less glamorous. Having read Daphne du Maurier’s The Infernal World of Branwell Bronte it became clear that a visit to the Parsonage had to be supplemented by a visit to the Black Bull. While I was there I think I had a pint of Black Sheep, which is probably quite apt considering Branwell’s siblings.

Exterior of the Black Bull

Exterior of the Black Bull

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