William Callaghan writes:
As a member of the Brontë Society, I wish to do my utmost to convince the Brontë Society members that it is time to bring Anne Brontë's remains to the vault in Haworth. At this moment she has no protection whatsoever. She lies in what is now unconsecrated ground, and this is a disgrace.
The Council of the Society must not be afraid of asking the membership to vote on the exhuming of Anne's remains and the remains of her original coffin to be placed in a new coffin and returned to Haworth, the family vault opened and Anne placed there.
A regular photocopied newsletter would keep members informed; a direct contact which is necessary. Are the council in contact with Dr Sentamu? I do not believe that we can ever do anything to guarantee her grave from very serious damage at any time in the future. Obviously it is a pay-and-display car park, so there is no one there to oversee car placing.
160 years later Anne's words from Self Communion still apply and they still hurt:
"And sometimes it was grief to know
My fondness was but half returned "
To move Anne's body is the right thing to do, and we must not be afraid to do it.