Slaves, Ghosts and Bronte: The Dark History of Whernside Manor
GILL HAWKES describes the dark history behind the real life inspiration for Wuthering Heights
Whernside Manor, formerly known as High Rigg End, sits on the flank of Whernside, one of the mountains that forms part of the Howgills in Cumbria. It lies within Dentdale, a peaceful, picturesque dale. But local legends speak of a black coachman riding the roads and the sound of clanking chains. The house, now a bed and breakfast, boasts of having at least five resident ghosts. This old manor clearly has many dark and hidden stories.