Work has finished on our major project to finally finish the restoration and repair of the roof on the main section of the hall.

The renovation of the roof took three months to complete and was funded by a £130,000 grant from Keighley Towns Fund, with additional funding from the Bernard Sunley Foundation and Pilgrim Trust.

The original 1832 roof, has now been sensitively restored and properly insulated and can now be used again by many community groups to host local events.

Averil Kenyon, Chair of The Bronte Spirit charity said: “The stone slates had been worn and damaged over the years and the roof sometimes leaked. Work to insulate it will not only improve the warmth of the building but also its sustainability.

“The building is Grade Two listed so it was important that all the work kept the integrity of the building while ensuring it’s in the best condition to continue as a thriving village hall at the heart of the community.”

Councillor Alex Ross-Shaw, Bradford Council’s Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, Planning and Transport, said: “The Old School Room is a very important building not just for Haworth but also for the nation. It’s a crucial part of the district’s literary heritage, as well as a community hub and I am delighted that money from the Keighley Towns Fund has been able to secure and protect the fabric of the building well into the future.”

Chair of Keighley Towns Fund Ian Hayfield said: “We are pleased to have been able to support the restoration of this historic building, which is still very well-used and well-loved to this day. The variety of projects supported by the Towns Fund is incredible and each one contributes to our area in a uniquely positive way.”

The grade II listed Old School Room was built by Patrick Bronte in 1832 and was extended in 1850 and 1871. It originally housed a school where Reverend Bronte’s famous literary children Charlotte, Emily, Anne and Branwell all worked as teachers and Charlottes wedding reception was held there in 1854.

The Old School Room was replaced as a school in 1903, but continued to function as a community building, being used for a variety of purposes, including a gymnasium, a library, a youth hostel and even an army billet during the Second World War.