Going Back, Haworth, the Bronte’s and a Sticky Toffee Pudding

I doubt there will ever be a Parkrun in Haworth and the Bronte Sisters must have had  calf muscles to die for!


In 1973 many people thought the Hovis advert had been filmed in Haworth but it was actually filmed in Shaftesbury, Dorset with a Yorkshire voice over. I guess you can see the confusion?

See the blue sky in the photo? Well trust me, it rained all day but this was the Yorkshire Moors after all and as I remember Cathy and Heathcliff got very wet! (No it wasn’t a Carry on Film) As a boy I saw the 1939 film Wuthering Heights on the telly and presumed Cathy died of a cold, that’s what mum said. It was probably too difficult to explain to a six year-old that Cathy was histrionic and died of a mental illness. There again my mum told me her handbag contained, ‘Shim Shams for meddlers’ Hmm…

This wasn’t a Bronte tour and definitely not a review (you’ve learnt by now that reviews are not my forte?). But last week I mentioned I had been back to Bradford to do a bit of research for t’book and as the Princess had volunteered support, this was her treat. ‘Aye, a’knows ow t’treat a lass.’ to be fair there was Sticky Toffee Pudding involved!

After our little wander up and down I took her to see an old girl in Haworth who will be celebrating her 400th year in 2021, The Haworth Old Hall Inn, if you ever find yourselves in Bronte World (there are no rides or large mice) then this place is a must. The atmosphere was lively (it was Half Term), there was a log fire burning with friendly staff (no, there were logs on the fire, the staff were serving) and the food was gorgeous.

It wasn’t a huge lunch as there was another treat planned for that very evening at the Karachi Curry house but that will have to wait until next week. Of course, with the place being so busy I was acutely aware of Corona Virus but luckily they only seemed to stock Sol and Kronenbourg in bottles.

About charliecountryboy

Part-time Carpentry Assessor. writer, runner, guitarist. Curious about life and all those wonderful people in it.
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23 Responses to Going Back, Haworth, the Bronte’s and a Sticky Toffee Pudding

  1. Nice read. One question, Charlie: what are shim-shams for meddlers? Do I need one?

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  2. Ana Daksina says:

    No large mice? What was the attraction, then?…

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  3. S_MW says:

    I went to Haworth as a child and I remember that hill.

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  4. Invisibly Me says:

    Well I never, those cheeky Hovis folk! I was just about to ask, what are ‘shim shams for meddlers’? Then I saw that you don’t fully know either 😂 The mind boggles trying to work that one out. If you Google just Shim Sham you find it’s a 1920s tap dance.

    Glad you didn’t indulge in any Corona Virus. Stick to the Sol. Sounds like a good adventure & I love the photos.xx

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  5. We are eating curry, which I have just made. 🍴

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  6. The missus is just adorable! You’re a good husband to make her happy. 🙂

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  7. Carolyn Page says:

    I’m with Angel – The Princess is gorgeous; I love her hat. You can tell her I have hat envy!!! 😂
    When we travelled to Katoomba recently (last post) Keith bought a great hat $35 (18 British Pound). But, the only one I liked was $159.00 (81 British Pound). And I do have more sense than money!!! 😂
    Could ‘shim shams for meddlers’ mean ‘mind your own business’?
    As for ‘going back’. Katoomba, and its surrounds, were home for me many years past. It was wonderful to see it in a ‘new light’. We had a thoroughly great day; one I’m hoping to replicate. Like you and The Princess we ate fabulous food, avoided the Corona Virus 😎 and took some great pics.
    Yep: You really do know how to treat a girl….

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    • Haha thanks Carolyn, the pictures of Katoomba looked great and yes $159 is a lot for a hat but then sometimes you’re worth it 😉 Funny thing was I was flicking through some photos with an apprentice last week as he was asking about the book etc and I was explaining Bradford in the 70’s when we came across the hat photo he said, “Did you dress up in 60’s style to get the mood.” 😂😂 Yeah shim shams is something like that, she had lots of odd sayings, Like she would call weak tea, “Maiden’s piss” not the most eloquent of women, but very funny 😂😘

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  8. kyleoyier says:

    Great post

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  9. The Hinoeuma says:

    Lovely wife! And, I love that hat!!! I have one VERY similar, only mine is a thicker, black & white wool-weave Houndstooth.

    I’ve always wanted to try sticky toffee pudding and Yorkshire pudding.

    OH, that hill… I’m out of breath just looking at it.

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  10. S. says:

    Happy Week 🙂

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