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West Riding
Entry to Main Street, Stanbury
Grid reference: SE010370
Location: 53°49’47"N, 1°59’10"W
Post town: Keighley
Postcode: BD22
Local Government
Council: Bradford

Stanbury is a village in the West Riding of Yorkshire, a mile west of Haworth and and seven miles east of Colne in Lancashire. Less than half a mile north-east is the hamlet of Lumbfoot.

The name 'Stanbury' translates as Stone Fort from Old English.[1]

The River Worth is immediately north of the village and Sladen Beck is just to the south.

Two walking routes pass through the village; the Brontë Way[2] and the Pennine Way.[3]


The parish church in Stanbury built in 1848. In 1998, it was named St Gabriels, after spending the previous 150 years without a name.[4] The school caters for primary school age children.

About the village

The surrounding countryside is mainly moors and farmland.[5]

Ponden Reservoir was built in the 1870s[6] and a reservoir was approved to be built at Lower Laithe on Sladen Beck in 1869, but it was not started until 1911, and not completed until 1925, having been interrupted by the Great War. Its completion necessitated the abandonment of the hamlet of Smith Bank.

The village is close to the Brontë Waterfall and Top Withens tourist landmarks. Emily Brontë is reputed to have used Top Withens as the model for the location of Wuthering Heights, and nearby Ponden Hall (half a mile from the edge of Stanbury) has been considered the model for 'Thrushcross Grange' in the same book.[7]

It has also been theorized that Ponden Hall is actually the setting for Top Withens as its size is smaller than that of Thrushcross Grange as described in the book.[8][9] There are also additional theories that the hall is the model for Wildfell Hall in Anne Brontë's The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.[10]

There are two public houses: The Friendly and the Wuthering Heights which dates from 1763 and was formerly and locally known as 'The Cross'.

The Old Silent Inn (formerly The Eagle) is a public house and guest house close to the village which is over 400 years old.[11]


("Wikimedia Commons" has material
about Stanbury)
Main Street. Quaker Burial Ground.  
Main Street, Wuthering Heights PH.  
Main Street, St.Gabriel's Church.  
Main Street, former Methodist Chapel.  


  1. Ekwall, Eilert, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford, Oxford University Press, 4th edition, 1960. p. 437 ISBN 0198691033
  2. "Brontë Country: The Brontë Way". 
  3. "Route Description & Downloads The Pennine way". 
  4. "Stanbury Conservation Area Assessment". Bradford Council. October 2005. p. 23. 
  5. "Stanbury". 
  6. Wood, Steven (2011). "Introduction". Haworth, Oxenhope & Stanbury from old photographs. Volume 2, Trade & industry. Stroud: Amberley. p. vi. ISBN 9781445606699. 
  7. Booth, Alison (2016). "3. Ladies with pets and flowers; with graveyards and windswept moors". Homes and haunts; touring writers' shrines and countries. Oxford: Oxford University Press. p. 139. ISBN 978-0-19-107689-3. 
  8. Butterfield, Mary A (1976). The Heatons of Ponden Hall and the legendary link with Thrushcross Grange in Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights. Keighley: R & B Taylor. pp. 1–23. OCLC 4932423. 
  9. Somerville, Christopher (28 February 2005). "Yorkshire: Walk of the month". The Telegraph (Travel). 
  10. Hyslop, Leah (19 June 2013). "For sale: Ponden Hall, the house which inspired Wuthering Heights". The Telegraph. 
  11. Knights, David (18 July 2015). "Friendly welcome at the Friendly - as well as Stanbury's other two pubs". Keighley News.