Resident Justin Ponter complains to Bronte Society

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Justin Ponter with the CCTV equipment attached to a tree said to have been planted by Charlotte Bronte and her husband in 1854 Buy this photo Justin Ponter with the CCTV equipment attached to a tree said to have been planted by Charlotte Bronte and her husband in 1854

A CCTV camera which has been fastened to a tree said to have been planted by Charlotte Bronte needs ditching because it “stands out like a sore thumb”, says a museum visitor.

Justin Ponter thinks the equipment, in the grounds of the Bronte Parsonage Museum, Haworth, looks ugly and plans to put his concerns to English Heritage. His complaints have already sparked an investigation by the Bronte Society.

Mr Ponter, of Sun Street, Haworth, spotted the camera attached to a tree in the parsonage’s garden last week.

He said he was amazed that such an intrusive camera had been given planning permission in such a historic area.

“This is a Cypress-pine, which is one of a pair said to have been planted by Charlotte Bronte and her husband, Arthur Bell Nicholls, as part of their wedding celebrations in the summer of 1854,” he said.

The CCTV system comprises of a cable running up the tree trunk, connected to an electrical box and the camera, which is trained on the parsonage museum’s main entrance.

“It stands out like a sore thumb, and this is right outside a grade one listed building in a historic area,” said Mr Ponter.

“If this really is the tree that Charlotte planted with her husband then there’s no way that camera should stay there.”

A spokesman for the Bronte Society said: “We take seriously any concerns made to us about such matters. We will be carrying out our own investigations.”

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10:57am Thu 6 Mar 14

Bone_idle18 says...

I propose a large scaffolding pole is erected next to the tree to attach the camera! That should look a load better.

Can't see what the fuss is about to be honest, it's just a tree!
I propose a large scaffolding pole is erected next to the tree to attach the camera! That should look a load better. Can't see what the fuss is about to be honest, it's just a tree! Bone_idle18
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11:44am Thu 6 Mar 14

The Hoffster says...

"....the CCTV equipment attached to a tree said to have been planted by Charlotte Bronte..


'Said' to have been planted....
[quote]"....the CCTV equipment attached to a tree said to have been planted by Charlotte Bronte.. [/quote] 'Said' to have been planted.... The Hoffster
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3:38pm Thu 6 Mar 14

graham hopkinson says...

you would not believe that Haworth is one of the most prestigious villages in Yorkshire, the building of what look like council houses at the bottom and top of the village, totally out of keeping, so a CCT on a tree well what can i say, a disgrace Bradford council, once again.
you would not believe that Haworth is one of the most prestigious villages in Yorkshire, the building of what look like council houses at the bottom and top of the village, totally out of keeping, so a CCT on a tree well what can i say, a disgrace Bradford council, once again. graham hopkinson
  • Score: -7

5:10pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Bone_idle18 says...

It's trained on the Parsonage entrance, so I suspect it's something to do with the Bronte society or whatever they are called.
It's trained on the Parsonage entrance, so I suspect it's something to do with the Bronte society or whatever they are called. Bone_idle18
  • Score: 2

5:46pm Thu 6 Mar 14

allinittogether says...

graham hopkinson wrote:
you would not believe that Haworth is one of the most prestigious villages in Yorkshire, the building of what look like council houses at the bottom and top of the village, totally out of keeping, so a CCT on a tree well what can i say, a disgrace Bradford council, once again.
Shock horror! Can't be having council houses can we?
[quote][p][bold]graham hopkinson[/bold] wrote: you would not believe that Haworth is one of the most prestigious villages in Yorkshire, the building of what look like council houses at the bottom and top of the village, totally out of keeping, so a CCT on a tree well what can i say, a disgrace Bradford council, once again.[/p][/quote]Shock horror! Can't be having council houses can we? allinittogether
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8:16am Sun 9 Mar 14

RED65 says...

allinittogether wrote:
graham hopkinson wrote:
you would not believe that Haworth is one of the most prestigious villages in Yorkshire, the building of what look like council houses at the bottom and top of the village, totally out of keeping, so a CCT on a tree well what can i say, a disgrace Bradford council, once again.
Shock horror! Can't be having council houses can we?
And to think they filmed a scene from rita sue & bob too in the village.bur we cannot have council houses near.......
[quote][p][bold]allinittogether[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]graham hopkinson[/bold] wrote: you would not believe that Haworth is one of the most prestigious villages in Yorkshire, the building of what look like council houses at the bottom and top of the village, totally out of keeping, so a CCT on a tree well what can i say, a disgrace Bradford council, once again.[/p][/quote]Shock horror! Can't be having council houses can we?[/p][/quote]And to think they filmed a scene from rita sue & bob too in the village.bur we cannot have council houses near....... RED65
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