A watercolour by Paul Braddon - 1840.
In Anne's day, this section of road was called Falsgrave Walk: today it is named Westborough, and the area behind the railings on the left is Alma Square.
This is the same view sketched several years later. A surprising number of changes have taken place, including the appearance of street lamps, and 'The Bar' (the archway seen a few hundred yards down the road) which was built in 1843. It is interesting to note how the houses on the right bear some resemblance to those which Agnes Grey's school occupied in Anne's novel:
|'Our school was not situated in the heart of
the town: on entering A----- [Scarborough]
. . . there is a row of respectable looking houses . . . with narrow slips
of garden-ground before them, Venetian blinds to the windows, and a flight
of steps leading to each trim, brass-handled door. In one of the largest
of these habitations dwelt my mother and I, with such young ladies as our
friends and the public chose to commit to our charge. Consequently, we
were a considerable distance from the sea, and divided from it by a labyrinth
of streets and houses.'
The same view yet again - but this time sketched from about 400 yards further back, and at a much later date - around the turn of the century. On the right is the Scarborough Railway Station, and, once again - the castle is visible on the distant left. It was at this station, in the early afternoon1n of Friday, 25th May 1849, that Anne, Charlotte, and Ellen Nussey arrived on the ill-fated visit.
There is much misconception about which members of the Brontë family visited Scarborough: here is the situation: Anne visited at least four, though, more likely five times with the Robinson family, followed, some five years later, by her final, dying visit with Charlotte and their friend Ellen Nussey. The latter occasion was Charlotte's first visit to the resort, and she only returned once - three years later, to visit Anne's grave. Branwell was at Scarborough on two occasions - when he accompanied Anne and the Robinson family. Emily was planning to accompany Anne on a short visit in the summer of 1845, but the venue was changed to York: there is no indication that Emily, or their father, Patrick, ever visited Scarborough at all.