Romance Wanderlust: Norton Conyers, Inspiration for Thornfield


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” data-medium-file=”” data-large-file=”” class=”alignright size-medium wp-image-44581″ src=”http://ift.tt/2v6mCnb&#8221; alt=”Romance Wanderlust – a yellowed and burnt edge map with a compass in the corner, with Romance Wanderlust written across it” width=”300″ height=”223″ srcset=”http://ift.tt/2v6mCnb 300w, http://ift.tt/1XbCXQE 150w, http://ift.tt/1Teq1od 100w, http://ift.tt/1N1Z9dC 250w, http://ift.tt/2v6mCnb 500w” sizes=”(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px”/>It’s time for Romance Wanderlust, the column in which I find yet more reasons to leave my everyday cares behind and visit romantic locales instead. I haven’t been to any of these locations, so this is neither an endorsement nor a review – just daydreaming with the help of the Internet.

For those of us who love Victorian literature, there’s a new reason to head to England. Norton Conyers is finally re-opened to the public (for tours, not to stay in, alas). Its bookish claim to fame is that Charlotte Bronte based Thornfield Hall on this building. The claim was significantly bolstered when homeowners found a blocked staircase leading to a sparsely furnished room in the attic, which was not suspicious at all, no, sirree.

The first recorded owner of Norton Conyers was Richard Norton. He and his family supported Mary Queen of Scots and took part in a rebellion against Queen Elizabeth I. The Rebellion failed, and Norton’s fate appears uncertain. According to tudorplace.com he fled to Flanders and died in exile. According to genuki.org.uk, he was executed.

In any case, the house passed on to the Musgraves and then, in 1624, to the Graham family. It has remained with the Graham family almost continuously since then.

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