The Sea-front 'Indoor Seawater Baths'
Indoor Seawater Baths (pre 1877) Same view - 1997

Foreshore Road (photograph on right) was opened in 1877. The old photograph was taken sometime before this occasion - when the South Sands encroached right up to the Seawater Baths building (seen on the extreme right - old photo). Once again, the imposing Grand Hotel dominates the scene and the Spa Bridge can be seen just to the left of it. The modern photograph was taken at around 7 a.m. - before the abundance of holidaymakers had risen and swarmed the area. 'Nothing else was stirring - no living creature was visible besides myself.', declared Agnes Grey as (in Anne's novel) she took a very early morning stroll on the South Sands. During the 1840s - when Anne visited Scarborough, the sea-front baths (Vickerman's Baths) were situated a few hundred yards further along the beach - amongst the trees shown in the photographs (this side of the Grand Hotel) - the site is indicated by a white asterisk in the old photograph (see also illustration below). The Seawater Baths building, shown above, was built in 1868 and was home to the 'Scarborough Public Bath Company Limited': it is currently occupied by Corrigan's amusement arcade, and is situated directly at the bottom of Bland's Cliff.

Vickerman's Baths (c.1841)

Vickerman's Baths

These were the 'sea-front' Indoor Sea-water Baths that existed at the time Anne visited Scarborough (mentioned above). This sketch was drawn from the beach, with the sea directly behind the artist. The buildings behind and to the right of the baths (as seen here) are the 'Marine Houses'.31  It is quite possible that Anne visited these baths while at Scarborough with the Robinsons.32n

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