House which inspired Charlotte Bronte's Jayne Eyre to open

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Pages of Melanie

2015-07-28 13:52:25

A house which is thought to have inspired Charlotte Bronte's 'mad woman in the attic' in Jayne Eyre is to open its doors to the public for the first time in eight years. 

It is believed that the author visited Norton Conyers in 1839 where she heard the legend of 'Mad Mary' who was a woman confined to an secret room at the end of the family home-a room which was only accessible through a hidden staircase. 

The story is said to have inspired Bronte when creating the character Bertha Mason-the first wife of the Byronic Edward Rochester-whom he keeps locked away in an attic room of Thornfield Hall.  

The house will be open for one week only-though the public will not be able to actually climb the saircase as it has been deemed too dangerous for use. 

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