House that inspired Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre opens to public



2016-04-06 14:24:00

After 10 years of renovation, the house which is thought to have inspired Charlotte Bronte when writing her classic novel Jane Eyre is open to the public.

The medieval Norton Conyers was visited by Bronte in 1839 and it was then that she learnt of a local legend which claims that a mad woman was once locked in the attic room of the property. It is likely that this story formed the basis for Bronte's character Mrs Rochester who was similarly confined to the attic room on Thornfield House in the novel Jane Eyre.

Today the 'Mad Woman's Room' is located at the top of a staircase which is too unsafe to climb so Bronte fans will have to settle for simply viewing them instead. The library of the house has now been renovated to emulate Mr Rochester's study, in which Jane Eyre teaches. 

The House is currently open to the public on select days until August.

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