Cropper in West Yorkshire

Red House Museum

Red House, Gomersal (in Spen Valley) is the delightful former home of woollen cloth finishers and merchants the Taylor family. They owned a mill at nearby Hunsworth and were a prominent part of the local woollen cloth industry in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Charlotte Bronte often visited her friend Mary Taylor here in the 1830s. She later featured Red House and the Taylors in her novel Shirley (1849), which is set at the time of the Luddites in the Spen Valley/Birstall area.

Red House is now an award winning period house (depicting early 19th century middle-class life) set in beautifully restored period gardens. The old Barn houses 'The Secret's Out' gallery (exploring Bronte's local connections, including the Luddites in fact and fiction, as well as Mary taylor's radical feminism).

Main Contact Details

Helga Hughes
tel: 01274 335100
email: helga.hughes@kirklees.gov.uk

Contact Details

Red House Oxford Road
Gomersal
Cleckheaton
BD19 4JP.

tel: 01274 335100
web: www.kirklees.gov.uk/museums