Brontë Waterfall

 The Brontë Waterfall   

The Brontë Waterfall-named this due to the popularity it gained amongst the three Brontë sisters is situated 2 and a half miles from the start of the Moors. During or after heavy rainfall the waterfall can be powerfall and quite large. During drier weather the Falls can be reduced to just a small flow of water.

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A plaque situated near the bottom of the Waterfall reads:

O Lord
How Manifold
Are thy works!
In Wisdom Hast
Thou Made Them All:
The Earth Is Full
Of Thy Riches        
 
Father Almighty wonderful Lord,
Wondrous Creator, be ever adored;
Wonders of nature
sing praises to you,
Wonder of wonders-
I may praise too!

Excerpt from Ellen Nussey.

“The rugged bank and rippling brook were treasures of delight. Emily, Anne and Branwell used to ford the streams, and sometimes placed stepping stones for the other two; there was always a lingering delight in these spots ― every moss, every flower, every tint and form, were noted and enjoyed. Emily especially had a gleesome delight in these nooks of beauty ― her reserve for the time vanished. One long ramble made in these early days were far away over the moors to a spot familiar to Emily and Anne, which they called ‘the Meeting of the Waters’. It was a small oasis of emerald green turf, broken here and there by small clear springs; a few large stones served as resting places; seated here we were hidden from the world, nothing appearing in view but miles of and miles of heather, a glorious blue sky, and brightening sun. A fresh breeze wafted on us its exhilarating influence; we laughed and made mirth of each other, and settled we would call ourselves the Quartette. Emily, half reclining on a slab of stone, played like a young child with the tadpoles in the water, making them swim about, and then fell to moralising on the strong and the weak, the brave and the cowardly, as she chased them with her hand”.

*Ellen Nussey, correspondence to Mrs Gaskell

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The following quote was made by Charlotte Brontë, Emily’s sister.

“We set off, not intending to go far; but though wild and cloudy it was fine in the morning; when we got about half-a-mile on the moors, Arthur suggested the idea of the waterfall; after the melted snow, he said it would be fine. I had often wished to see it in its winter power, so we walked on. It was fine indeed; a perfect torrent racing over the rocks, white and beautiful!”

Charlotte Brontë, 29 November, 1854

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A link I have gathered this information from:

http://www.haworth-village.org.uk/brontes/places/bronte_falls.asp

http://www.wuthering-heights.co.uk/locations/otherlocations.htm#parsonage

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