Guest author: Robbie Cheadle ~ The Bronte Family: Patrick Brontë

Patrick Brontë – the patriarch

In the beginning

Patrick Brontë, born Brunty, was the oldest of ten children born to Hugh Brunty, a farm labourer, and Alice McClory. He grew up in the small village of Drumballyroney in Country Down, Northern Ireland. At the age of twelve, Patrick was apprenticed to a blacksmith, and the to a linen draper and a weaver until he became a teacher in 1798. In 1802, he was given an opportunity to study theology at St John’s College, Cambridge, from where he received his degree in 1806. He was appointed curate at Wethersfield in Essex, where he was ordained a deacon of the Church of England in 1806 and into the priesthood in 1807.

Patrick Brontë met his wife, Maria Branwell, during his time as a school examiner at Wesleyan Academy, Woodhouse Grove School near Guiseley. The couple married on 29 December 1812 following which they moved into a house on Halifax Road, Liversedge where their first two daughters, Maria and Elizabeth, were born. In 1815, he moved on to become the perpetual curate of Thornton and his four other children, Charlotte, Patrick Branwell, Emily and Anne were all born there. The Brontë family moved to Haworth in April 1820 after Patrick was offered the perpetual curacy of St Michael and All Angels’ Church in Haworth.

The Brontë Museum, former home to Patrick Brontë and his famous children, in Haworth, Yorkshire

Interesting information about Patrick Brontë

Patrick Brontë was a published poet. In 1810, his 256-line poem Winter Evening Thoughts, appeared in a local newspaper and in 1811 he published a collection of moral verses called Collage Poems.

He was a remarkable clergyman and was most concerned about the welfare of his parishioners. He founded a Sunday School in Haworth and campaigned for the improvement of sanitation in the village. In addition, he did not support the strict Calvinist doctrine of only the “elect” reaching Heaven and his attitude tended towards the message of forgiveness and hope.

He slept with a loaded gun next to his bed at night, having lived through periods of Luddite and Chartist violence which effected clergyman. Every morning, he discharged the bullet by firing it from his bedroom window across the adjacent graveyard.

Some of the graves in the graveyard next to the Brontë Museum

Before his son, Branwell’s, death in 1848, he shared his room with his son in order to watch out for his safety. Branwell was addicted to alcohol and opium which made him a danger to himself.

His eyesight deteriorated with age until he was almost blind. When he was 69 years old, he travelled to Manchester with Charlotte for a cataract operation which he undertook without anesthetic. It improved his eyesight and although he continued to wear glasses, he was able to read with the help of a magnifying glass. It was during their time in Manchester, that Charlotte started writing her book, Jane Eyre.

The Chandelier in the church in Haworth village with an inscription dedicated to Patrick Brontë

The Mother of the Brontës: When Maria Met Patrick by Sharon Wright

To find out more about the Brontë family, click HERE to read a review by Olga Nunez Miret of The Mother of the Brontës: When Maria Met Patrick by Sharon Wright (@penswordbooks) Highly recommended to Brontës fans and to early XIX century historians.

“They were from different lands, different classes, different worlds almost.

The chances of Cornish gentlewoman Maria Branwell even meeting the poor Irish curate Patrick Brontë in Regency England, let alone falling passionately in love, were remote.

Yet Maria and Patrick did meet, making a life together as devoted lovers and doting parents in the heartland of the industrial revolution.”

About the author

Robbie, short for Roberta, is an author with five published children’s picture books in the Sir Chocolate books series for children aged 2 to 9 years old (co-authored with her son, Michael Cheadle), one published middle grade book in the Silly Willy series and one published preteen/young adult fictionalised biography about her mother’s life as a young girl growing up in an English town in Suffolk during World War II called While the Bombs Fell (co-authored with her mother, Elsie Hancy Eaton).

All of Robbie’s children’s book are written under Robbie Cheadle and are published by TSL Publications. Robbie has recently branched into adult horror and supernatural writing and, in order to clearly differentiate her children’s books from her adult writing, these will be published under Roberta Eaton Cheadle. Robbie has two short stories in the horror/supernatural genre included in Dark Visions, a collection of 34 short stories by 27 different authors and edited by award winning author, Dan Alatorre. These short stories are published under Robbie Cheadle.

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Books by Roberta Eaton Cheadle

NEVERGATE draft 1Through the Nethergate

Roberta Eaton Cheadle

Margaret, a girl born with second sight, has the unique ability to bring ghosts trapped between Heaven and Hell back to life. When her parents die suddenly, she goes to live with her beloved grandfather, but the cellar of her grandfather’s ancient inn is haunted by an evil spirit of its own. In the town of Bungay, a black dog wanders the streets, enslaving the ghosts of those who have died unnatural deaths. When Margaret arrives, these phantoms congregate at the inn, hoping she can free them from the clutches of Hugh Bigod, the 12th century ghost who has drawn them away from Heaven’s White Light in his canine guise. With the help of her grandfather and the spirits she has befriended, Margaret sets out to defeat Hugh Bigod, only to discover he wants to use her for his own ends – to take over Hell itself.

Purchase links

It is available from here:

It is also available from TSL Publications as a soft copy book here: TSL Publications

While the Bombs Fell

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What was it like for children growing up in rural Suffolk during World War 2?

Elsie and her family live in a small double-storey cottage in Bungay, Suffolk. Every night she lies awake listening anxiously for the sound of the German bomber planes. Often they come and the air raid siren sounds signalling that the family must leave their beds and venture out to the air raid shelter in the garden.

Despite the war raging across the English channel, daily life continues with its highlights, such as Christmas and the traditional Boxing Day fox hunt, and its wary moments when Elsie learns the stories of Jack Frost and the ghostly and terrifying Black Shuck that haunts the coastline and countryside of East Anglia.

Includes some authentic World War 2 recipes.

Robbie also writes as Robbie  Cheadle

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Books by Robbie and Michael Cheadle

The Sir Chocolate books are a delightful marriage of story, verse and cookery

… a perfect recipe for sharing with children.  Silly Willy goes to Cape Town tells the adventures of two very different brothers…and includes five party cake ideas.

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About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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23 Responses to Guest author: Robbie Cheadle ~ The Bronte Family: Patrick Brontë

  1. It’s always wonderful to see something from Robbie. This is so intriguing. And thanks for the link to Olga’s review. (It’s so hard to keep up… links help.) Hugs to you both, Sue and Robbie!

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  2. Ouch! An eye operation (they did cataract surgery way back then?) without anesthetic? Crazy!

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  3. Darlene says:

    I love learning about the Brontes. A great article, Robbie.

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  4. Excellent stuff. I am full of awe for the output and ability to cross different writing genres. Haworth is definitely worth a visit, even if you’re not a particular Bronte fan.

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  7. I love biographies and this was fascinating. What a great glimpse into a world of such a famous family.

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  8. Jennie says:

    This was really interesting. Sleeping with a rifle… talk about fear! The cemetery headstones are beautiful. Thank you, Robbie and Sue.

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  9. Robbie’s history postings and books are wonderful, even her cook- and bakery-books are much more delicious. 😉 Thank you, Michael

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  10. memadtwo says:

    Hard to imagine having cataract surgery in those times. A man of fortitude as will as morality and intellect. (K)

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  11. This is a fascinating post, Robbie. Thank you for the information about Patrick. I knew very little of him prior to reading your article. Coincidentally there was a programme about the English novel on BBC2 yesterday, at 10 pm. Amongst the books discussed was Jane Eyre and the point was made that the Brontes where opposed to slavery, (Rochester it was argued had gained his money from slavery). One of my favourite novels is Emily’s Wuthering Heights. Best, Kevin

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  12. dgkaye says:

    Thanks for this fantastic telling Robbie. Yes, I’d already read Olga’s review and added the book to my list. Right up my alley kind of reading. And interesting that the son was addicted to alcohol and opium? What’s up with that? Do you think he was addicted to the cough syrup of the day? lol 🙂

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