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I AM appalled at the possible closure of Red House Museum in September.

Red House is the only museum in the Spen Valley. It is so named because it is built in red brick, differing from the stone properties which are more typical of the area.

It was built in 1660 by William Taylor, whose family owned it until 1920.

Charlotte Brontë often visited Mary Taylor and the Taylor family of Red House featured as the Yorkes of Briarmains in her novel Shirley.

Red House is an award-winning museum and features in Simon Jenkins’s book England’s Thousand Best Houses.

The museum receives visitors from all over the world, it is a beautiful Georgian building with stained glass windows, stone flagged kitchen and the restored 1830s gardens provide an enchanting setting for the house.

Inside the old barn an exhibition explains Charlotte Brontë’s connection with the Spen Valley, the museum’s shop provides books, toys, gifts and presents and is well worth a family visit.

Please protect our heritage and keep the Red House Museum open.


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