Sunday, 28 October 2007


I went to Scarborough today. I wish I had been here before the elegant/gaudy challenge as if anything sums that up it is this seaside town on the Yorkshire coast. It has two horse-shoe coves, combining gaudy amusements and rides with elegant hotels and buildings.

Fourth pic, open air ball room used for many a film set. Seventh pic, Hook's House, (adding to my house names collection) where the pirate Captain Hook may have lived. I tend to believe this as it has hooks incorporated into its lettering. Next door was 'Sarah's House', who may have been his friend.

Eighth pic, this is the grave of Anne Bronte, one of the Bronte sisters of Haworth, and writers of 'Jane Eyre', among other things. Poignant story behind this grave. As Anne Bronte didn't have much longer to live they took her to Scarborough to enjoy her last days. Such was the transport in those days that it took several days and many changes of transportation to get there. It was apparently the first time she had seen the sea and she marvelled at the waves, but was worried about the donkies on the beach and wondered whether they were being treated properly (they are still there).
"when my foot was on the sands and my face toward the broad, bright bay, no language can describe the effect of the deep, clear azure of the sky and ocean..." taken from 'Agnes Grey' by Anne Bronte


Ol Peculier said...

I know that this is semi-tounge in cheek, but Anne Bronte visited Scarborough five times before convalescing here after a long illness.

And gaudy museums? The Rotunda Museum is currently undergoing a multi-million-pound redevelopment that will see it become a national centre for geology.

Plenty of cobbled streets,

for example!
is one

Beverley said...
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Beverley said...

Anyway, she wasn't convalescing, she actually passed away, as you can see from the grave.

Bobbie said...

I loved this post and seeing Scarborough. It seems that it would be really fun to visit. Also the Bronte grave. I loved reading Jane Eyre and also seeing it on our PBS (public broadcasting system supported by the public, no commercials and only good for the mind stuff).

Beverley said...

Well, ol peculier, it was Charlotte's (who accompanied Anne on her final trip) first glimspe of the sea. It was DEFINITELY somebody's first glimpse of the sea. The donkeys are spot-on, I think you will find.

I'm sorry, ol peculier, but I think you are weird lol. I mean this, but I'm putting lol so as not to antagonise you. I don't know whether I want to go on this website as I don't know what I will find!

Beverley said...

Genuinely sorry about the 'gaudy museums',ol peculier, but I'd had one glass of wine too many and meant 'gaudy amusements'.

Beverley said...

Judging by your name, ol peculier, this is something you may well understand.

dianeclancy said...

Hi Beverly,

This is a fascinating visual and written tour - thank you!! I assumed you have poetic license instead of strictly history.

Very much enjoyed!! And you are right the elegant/gaudy challenge would have been perfect!!

~ Diane Clancy

Beverley said...

Hello, Diane. I agree, it is the truth as I remember it, the poetic truth.

Beverley said...

Bobbie, the Brontes are fascinating and I have been to their birthplace, Haworth, many times. You are quickly onto the moors and can walk to the farmhouse on which Emily may have based 'Wuthering Heights'.