Anne's Sea-view From Wood's Lodgings
Anne's sea-view from Wood's Lodgings (1997)
ABOVE:  Taken from the main balcony of the Grand Hotel; this is the view Anne would have had looking slightly to the left through her Wood's Lodgings room window. (The view to the right is shown below).
Extracts from Ellen Nussey's account of Anne's last night:  'The evening closed in with the most glorious sunset ever witnessed. The castle on the cliff stood in proud glory, gilded by the rays of the declining sun . . . The view was grand beyond description. Anne was drawn in her easy chair to the window, to enjoy the scene with us. Her face became illumined almost as much as the glorious scene she gazed upon . . . '
Anne 'passed a reasonable night' but died at 2 p.m. the following afternoon. 
On the skyline, extreme left, is St. Mary's Church, where Anne is buried; below it can be seen a building with a yellow and red front - this is the Futurist Theatre, and just to the right and beyond this is a white/red coloured building which is currently Corrigan's Amusement Arcade - at the foot of Bland's Cliff. From 1868 to the early 1900s this building housed the sea-front 'indoor seawater baths' (25K / 21K / 19K). Prior to 1868, and through the period when Anne visited Scarborough, these baths were located 'this side' of the Futurist Theatre (the site is indicated by a white asterisk in the photograph). In the concluding section of Anne's novel, Agnes Grey, Agnes resides at a seaside resort that Anne names only as 'A------', but is clearly identifiable as Scarborough. She gives a graphic description of Scarborough's South Bay, and mentions the 'water-cart' fetching the sea water for the baths.29n

Very early one morning (6.00 am), Agnes takes a stroll along the beach -

'. . . when my foot was on the sands and my face towards the broad, bright bay, no language can describe the effect of the deep, clear azure of the sky and ocean, the bright morning sunshine on the semi-circular barrier of craggy cliffs surmounted by green swelling hills, and on the smooth wide, white sands and the low rocks out at sea - looking, with their clothing of weeds and moss, like little grass-grown islands . . . Nothing else was stirring - no living creature was visible besides myself. My footsteps were the first to press the firm, unbroken sands . . .'.

A little later, after walking some way along the beach, she turns around and looks back to see 'one water-cart coming out of the town to fetch water for the baths'.

 'The Sands'
Anne's sea-view (to the right) 'The Sands' (1997)
ABOVE: The view to the right - towards the Spa buildings. On the extreme right is the Spa Bridge.
(View to the left - top of page)
'. . the semi-circular barrier of craggy cliffs surmounted by green swelling hills, and the smooth wide, white sands .'
 . . .  Agnes Grey

The 'low rocks out at sea . . with their covering of weeds and moss' can be seen in the distance - as a dark patch stretching out into the sea (just left of centre - also see later). The 'South Cliff' extends from the Spa Bridge to beyond these 'low rocks'; and among the greenery, though not visible in this photograph, are a myriad of pathways that twist and weave their way in and out of the wooded areas that are scattered along the uneven slopes. Some of these paths emerge onto slight plateaus that jut out from the general line of the cliffs, and tower above the sands - giving magnificent views back across the bay towards the castle. Anne would have taken many walks along these pathways (see 'Anne Brontë Was Here (2)' - from 'Main Page').30n

  'The Sands'  Quotes from the penultimate chapter of Agnes Grey (with relevant pictures) (44K) (56K).

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