The setting plays such a powerful role in Emily Brontë's epic tale of star-crossed lovers, at times it seems to be one of the central characters. Wuthering Heights takes place in the windswept moors of Yorkshire, in a fictional village, not unlike the Brontës hometown, Haworth.
It's believed that Top Withens, a deserted farm house near Haworth, inspired the location for Heathcliffe's home, Wuthering Heights. Although some think that the actual house described in the novel bears a closer resemblance to High Sunderland Hall.
High Sunderland Hall
High Sunderland Hall was located near Halifax, where Emily worked for a while as a school mistress. Sadly the house was demolished in the 1950's, but old photos reveal that the exterior featured 'grotesque carvings' similar to those of Wuthering Heights.
It's believed that Thrushcross Grange, the Linton home was based on Ponden Hall near Stanbury. Emily Brontë was a regular guest at Ponden Hall, supposedly based He is awoken by a ghost of Catherine scratching at the window. Emily based this account on a visit to Ponden Hall where the tree outside would rub against the window, looking eerily like a skeleton hand on the glass pane.