Some readers of this blog will remember the campaign of nine years ago to save the Grade 2 listed nineteenth-century Red House Museum from either neglect or conversion to something other than what it should be. It is pictured here when it was still open to the public. The building and its grounds are forever connected with Charlotte Brontë, who named it 'Briarmains' in her 1849 novel Shirley. The museum was, until it was finally closed in 2016 by Kirklees Council to save money, full of artefacts and exhibitions connected with Gomersal's radical feminist and author Mary Taylor, Charlotte's friend. It will now be completely refurbished and turned into a five-star, high-end luxury holiday home for commercial letting, and a venue for weddings.
The campaign group Red House Heritage Group 'welcomes the investment' but is also 'open-minded about the council's new approach'.You can read a full report at
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