During this summer just gone, we went back down to my home town of Penzance, to stay with my parents for a few days. I got up early one morning, and took my camera out to photograph parts of the town that I had always just taken for granted. Over the next few months I shall be posting some of these photos 🙂
The first photo is of a red bricked house, which was the home of Maria and Elizabeth Branwell. Maria Branwell was mother to Charlotte, Emily, Anne and Branwell Bronte. The house is located towards the bottom of Penzance’s historic Chapel Street.
The Bronte sisters were famous, as I sure most people know, for writing books such as Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights and have always been strongly associated with Yorkshire. However, their mother, Maria, was from a very prominent Penzance family.
Maria Branwell left Penzance, for Yorkshire, where she got married in 1812. Sadly for her and her family, she died a few years later, but her sister, Elizabeth, then also moved from Penzance to look after the children.
The house itself is unusual for Penzance, in that it is built of brick. It is part of a short terrace referred to as the Rotterdam Buildings. As the story goes, the bricks were confiscated from a Dutch cargo ship out in the bay, by local buccaneers.
The church in the background of this photograph is St Mary’s Church, which was designed by Charles Hutchens of St Buryan and built between 1833 & 1835.