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Patrick Brontё Chronology


17/03/1777
Patrick Bronte was born at Emdale, Drumballyroney, County Down, Ireland.

15/04/1783
Maria Branwell was born at Penzance, Cornwall.

01/10/1802
Patrick Bronte aged 25 registered as a student at St John's College Cambridge.

03/10/1802
Patrick Bronte a student at St Johns College Cambridge, changed the spelling of his name from Brunty to Bronte.

23/04/1806
Patrick Bronte was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree.

05/12/1809
Patrick Bronte began his curacy at Dewsbury

29/12/1812
Patrick Bronte and Maria Branwell were married at Guiseley Church.

19/11/1819
The resignation of the Revd. Samuel Redhead from the Perpetual Curacy of Haworth was officially recorded by the Bradford Parish Clerk. This was following the riotous protests against his appointment which Mrs. Gaskell describes in her Life of Charlotte Brontë.

25/02/1820
Patrick Bronte was granted perpetual curacy of Haworth.

21/01/1821
Maria Bronte wife of Patrick Bronte was diagnosed with cancer.

15/09/1821
Maria Bronte wife of Patrick Bronte died at Haworth aged 38.

22/09/1821
Maria Bronte wife of Patrick Bronte, was buried in the family vault at Haworth Parish Church. She had died on 15th September aged 38.

27/11/1821
Patrick Bronte wrote:
"My dear wife was taken dangerously ill on the 29th of January last; and in a little more than seven months afterwards she died. During every week and almost every day of this long tedious interval I expected her final removal. I was left quite alone, unless you suppose my six little children and the nurse and servants to have been company."

25/07/1825
Timothy Feather was baptised by Patrick Bronte. He became known as the last Hand-loom Weaver and lived all his life at Stanbury.

30/04/1833
Aunt Branwell who brought the Bronte children up made her will. The money helped finance Charlotte, Emily and Anne's early publications.

22/02/1837
Meeting held in the Sunday School rooms and chaired by Patrick Bronte to repeal the Poor Law Amendment Act of 1834.

29/04/1842
Thomas Andrew died. He had been the Haworth surgeon for 24 years and was one of Patrick Brontes oldest friends. The funeral was well attended by local people, his coffin had to be taken out of the house into the street so they could pay their last respects. He had treated hundreds of poor people often without payment.

14/08/1842
William Weightman, Patrick Bronte's curate performed his last duty at Haworth. He had been visiting the sick and was taken ill with cholera, he died on 6th September 1842.

04/10/1843
Patrick Bronte wrote to the Church trustees about the rumour in Haworth village regarding the lotion he was using for his weak eyesight. Gossip had circulated that the smell was similar to alcohol.

10/03/1846
The new peal of bells for Haworth Church were hung. The money was raised from public subscription instituted by Patrick Bronte. The largest bell (the tenor) carries an inscription to this effect and weighs 10 cwt 3 qtr and 16 lb. (555kg).

26/08/1846
Surgeons performed an operation on Patrick Bronte's cataracts at Manchester. The operation was successful and after a month convalescing he was able to read again.

23/03/1847
Patrick Bronte wrote a letter in support of the Governments plan for a compulsory national education system.

28/08/1849
The lack of fresh water in Haworth was a concern. Patrick Bronte had prepared a petition which was sent to the General Board of Health in London in an effort to improve sanitation.

09/10/1849
Patrick Bronte sent a second petition to the General Board of Health in London about the poor sanitation in Haworth.

05/02/1850
Patrick Bronte wrote to the General Board of Health in London asking them to survey the water supply in Haworth.

02/04/1850
Benjamin Herschel Babbage travelled to Haworth to examine the sanitary condition of the village on behalf of the General Board of Health.

04/04/1850
Benjamin Herschel Babbage Inspector of the General Board of Health in London opened his investigation on the state of the water supply in Haworth. His report found the sanitation was poor, open sewers coursing down Main St and water leaching from the graveyard into the main source of drinking water.

27/04/1850
Patrick Bronte wrote: " I have been rather uneasy by information from Mr Nicholls, respecting a path leading through the Church lands to the Mill".

08/09/1851
Patrick Bronte wrote again to the General Board of Health regarding sanitation in Haworth: "Yet after, tedious delay, they, have, as far as we know done almost nothing - We might have thought that this arose from a press of more urgent business, had it not been, that we have learned from good authority, that their salutatory rules have been adopted, and enforced, in various other places where there was less necessity for them".

31/01/1853
Patrick Bronte wrote a reference on behalf of A.B. Nicholls to the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel. He said that Nichols had been his curate for seven years and had ‘behaved himself wisely, soberly and piously.’
Nicholls had applied to the SPG for a missionary post in Australia after Charlotte turned down his proposal of marriage.

23/02/1853
A.B. Nicholls wrote to the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel enquiring whether his application for a missionary posting had been received as he had not had a reply.

28/04/1854
Patrick Bronte wrote a testimonial for William Brown asserting his competence as a sexton.

20/06/1855
Patrick Bronte made his own will.

13/08/1855
John Brown was buried in the Churchyard. Arthur Nicholls officiated, Patrick Brontë sat with Mrs. Mary Brown and Martha Brown in the Bronte pew.

24/02/1857
Patrick Bronte carried out his last marriage service at Haworth church.

30/10/1859
Patrick Bronte preached his last sermon from the pulpit of Haworth Church

07/06/1861
Patrick Bronte died at Haworth. He was 84.

12/06/1861
Patrick Bronte was buried in the family vault at Haworth Church. He had died on the 7th June aged 84.







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