North Lees Hall, as any fule kno (any fule with google, anyway) was (in part) the inspiration for Thornfield Hall in Jane Eyre.
Two things I did not know - it’s really quite small, so Charlotte embiggened it a lot in the book. And it’s ridiculously close to Stanage Edge (which is the rocky ridge formation in the distance) which is one of my favourite places to ramble about in Derbyshire.
I’ve just bought Jane, the Fox and Me by Fanny Britt and Isabelle Arsenault. It’s a children’s graphic novel about shy, bullied Helene, who finds solace in the pages of Jane Eyre. I can’t wait to start reading!
Because she grew up to be clever, slender and wise, no one calls Jane Eyre a liar, a thief or an ugly duckling again. She tutors a young girl Adèle, who loves her, even though all she has to her name are three plain dresses. Adèle thinks Jane Eyre’s smart and always tells her so.