Saturday 22nd February 2020

'A' Level Trip to Haworth

It was on an unusually hot day in October that we set off for the Yorkshire Moors on our annual trip to Haworth where we attempt to gain a sense of the isolation and magnificence of the rugged landscape that is such a significant element in Emily Bronte’s ‘Wuthering Heights’, the novel that we are currently studying as our main text at A2.

Sun block seemed more the order of the day as we arrived just outside Haworth and abandoned all coats and jackets to scale a hill to see if we could spot some of the landmarks that had so inspired Emily Bronte, Mr Davidson’s research proving to be excellent when he found Ponden Hall which was believed to be the inspiration for Thrushcross Grange.

Our tour of the Parsonage followed and it was fascinating to see the Georgian house where so many literary giants had lived and listen to the varied interpretations of the book that has been such a focus of our studies. As Mr Davidson expertly navigated the winding roads on our return over the Moors, a special highlight for the students was the slow parade of cows, very tired and ready to be milked, ushered by a young man on a quad bike, his phone (naturally) clutched in his right hand. Oh how times have changed!

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