So who is he? According to a spokesman for Eddisons, which conducted the auction yesterday, a large property investor who comes regularly, a man in his late 30s or early 40s who lives in London, has bought the place on a whim. Apparently, he does not know what he is going to do with it, but he says that he is not going to adapt it for buy-to-let.
The Brontë Society is in no position to take it on. The local paper, the Telegraph and Argus, is polling online readers on whether Bradford Council should buy it and run it as a tourist attraction. So far, a substantial majority thinks it should. But then, Bradford Council tends to take Haworth and the Parsonage for granted, doing very little: the old toilets run by Bradford in the village are inadequate and dirty and the famous setts (cobbles) on Main Street are poorly looked after.