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When Charlotte Bronte visited in 1839 her hosts told her the story of a mad woman who had to be confined in the attic of the hall sometime in the 18th century. The incident inspired Bronte to create the character of Mrs Rochester in Jane Eyre, and she was thought to have modelled Thornfield Hall on Norton Conyers. This suggestion seems to have been verified when, in 2004, a blocked staircase linking the first floor to the attics was discovered. The staircase is described vividly by Bronte in the novel.
A short stroll from the house is the peaceful 18th century garden, built around a central orangery standing before an ornamental pond. Surrounding the orangery are colourful herbaceous borders and trimmed yew hedges. Also featured are irises and old fashioned peonies.
About Norton Conyers
Address: Wath, Ripon, Yorkshire, England, HG4 5EQ
Attraction Type: Historic Building
Location: 4 miles north of Ripon. 3 1/2 miles from the A1.
Website: Norton Conyers
Historic Houses Association
Photo Credit: David Rogers, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
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