Branwell Brontë (1818 - 1848) was the brother of the famous Victorian literary sisters - Charlotte, Emily and Anne. He appeared just as talented a writer and artist as his better known sisters, but sadly he squandered his talents through becoming addicted to alcohol and drugs, which resulted in his untimely demise at the age of 31.
There are a few Brontë connections in the Lake District, the most significant probably being the one of Broughton-In-Furness, a small historic town on the Duddon estuary in the southern part of the Lake district. Branwell Brontë lived and worked here in the first half of 1840. This is what Branwell said about Broughton in a letter to a friend, John Brown: "I am fixed in a little retired town by the sea-shore, among woody hills that rise round me - huge, rocky and capped with clouds".
Whilst at Broughton Branwell had met with the poet Hartley Coleridge, the son of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, who invited him to Nab Cottage, his home on the shore of Rydal Water. The meeting and interaction is certain to have boosted Branwell's poetry writing and given it a new vigour.
The drawing of Brouhgton Church by Branwell Brontë shows a view of the east end of the church which has been altered greatly since Branwell's drawing.
There is a speculation that while in this post, Branwell may have fathered a child with a servant girl and that the child died at a young age.