Ann Dinsdale, of the Brontë Parsonage, said: “It is one of the most important literary artefacts of the 19th Century”
A table at which the Brontë sisters wrote has been brought back to the family home in Yorkshire after being purchased with a grant of £580,000.
The Bronte Society at Haworth said the table was a “most evocative” 19th Century literary artefact.
It was sold along with other household effects from the Brontë Parsonage after the death of Patrick Brontë in 1861.
The mahogany drop-leaf table’s purchase came after a grant from the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF).
Ann Dinsdale, collections manager at the Haworth Parsonage, said “It is one of the most important literary artefacts of the 19th Century.”
Among the novels written by the sisters in the parsonage were Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights, Charlotte’s Jane Eyre and Anne’s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.
The table has ink blots, a large candle burn and a letter E carved into its surface.
Charlotte, Emily and Anne Bronte were 19th Century novelists who formed one of the world’s most famous literary families
Often left alone together in their isolated Haworth home, all three sisters began to write stories at an early age
Charlotte’s Jane Eyre and Emily’s Wuthering Heights are hailed as British classics. Anne’s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall was a huge bestseller
Tragedy struck the family when Emily and Anne both died of tuberculosis, within six months of each other in 1848-49. It also killed their brother, Branwell
Charlotte continued to write and later married but she too was killed by the disease in March 1855
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The table was where the children gathered to write their stories, poems, and novels, the society said. It featured in an 1837 diary sketch by Emily, showing herself and her other sister Anne writing.
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