Monday, 2 March 2009
The Black Bull pub in the centre of Haworth adjacent to the church and within 100 yards of the parsonage. Which was very handy for Branwell Brontë (26 June 1817 – 24 September 1848) who was a painter and poet, the only son of the Brontë family, and the brother of the writers Charlotte, Emily and Anne.
Branwell became an alcoholic, was addicted to laudanum, between these two it masked the onset of tuberculosis, which only became apparent when he collapsed outside the house. He was diagnosed as in the terminal stages by a local doctor and died shortly afterwards, Emily Brontë died of the disease in December of that year and Anne Brontë the following May.
At one point Branwell acted as Secretary of Haworth Temperance Society of which the Rev.Bronte (his father) was President