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Emily, Charlotte and Anne Bront?each spent time in Mirfield. The three girls were educated at Roe Head School (shown below) over the period 1831 to 1838. Charlotte was both pupil and mistress here. Emily was unhappy during her stay and longed for her native Haworth. Anne later became governess to the Ingham children at Blake Hall in Mirfield.

In 1956, this house became home to the Verona Fathers, a college for men pursuing a life of priesthood. Thirty-four years later, the house saw another change of ownership and became Holly Bank School, by which it is known today.

Holly Bank School 

Shown here is Roe Head School. This elegant Georgian Manor House was built by the Marriott family in 1740. In 1830, it opened its doors as a boarding school for girls.




This shows the plaque presented to Roe Head School in 1993 by the Bront?society. The plaque is positioned on the front of the building.

Emily wrote three poems whilst at Roe Head School and Charlotte researched the Luddites in preparation for her famous novel 'Shirley'.


View from Roe Head
This is the stunning view from Roe Head School, which is situated in the part of Mirfield known as Mirfield Moor (see Mirfield Maps). With a view like this, it is not difficult to see why this was a much sought-after location.

In the distance is the neighbouring town of Huddersfield.


For more information about the Brontės and their connections with the county of West Yorkshire, please visit Eagle Intermedia's web site by clicking on the link below...

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