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The Brontës: 1849
Scarborough, East Yorkshire

Situated on the East Yorkshire coast, Scarborough was, in the mid-19th century, a fashionable seaside town and spa. It was Anne Brontë's model for “A____” in Agnes Grey, and features briefly as Cliffbridge in Charlotte Brontë's Shirley.

From May 1840 to June 1845, Anne was governess for the Robinson family of Thorpe Green, and accompanied them to Scarborough for their summer holidays. The Thorpe family usually stayed in William Wood's Lodgings at the Cliff, a high building on Saint Nicholas Cliff. The Grand Hotel, built in 1867, now stands on this spot. Anne disliked working for the Robinsons, but retained a strong affection for Scarborough. Branwell Brontë had also visited Scarborough with the Robinsons when he was tutor to their son Edmund.

In the spring of 1849, Anne, sick with tuberculosis, longed to go to Scarborough for improvement. Charlotte and Ellen Nussey accompanied her and they stayed at Number Two, The Cliff, during her attempt to recuperate. However, she died from her illness on 28 May that same year. Her funeral took place on 30 May 1849 at Christchurch on Vernon Road, and she was buried in Saint Mary's churchyard.


View from Number Two, The Cliff, Scarborough, East Yorkshire; Anne Brontë died here on 28 May 1849 [22 April 1986]


Brontë plaques, Grand Hotel, where Lodgings at the Cliff previously stood; Scarborough, East Yorkshire [22 April 1986]


Anne Brontë's grave, Saint Mary's Churchyard, Scarborough, East Yorkshire [22 April 1986]


Anne Brontë's headstone, Saint Mary's Churchyard, Scarborough, East Yorkshire [22 April 1986]


Anne Brontë's grave marker, Saint Mary's Churchyard, Scarborough, East Yorkshire [22 April 1986]


Saint Mary's Church and Churchyard, Scarborough, East Yorkshire [22 April 1986]

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