I want to tell you about our lovely day out on Sunday. We have a very good friend visiting from America, it was a glorious day so we drove up to Scarborough.
We went to see Anne Bronte's grave
It sits in a small graveyard across the road from St Mary's church. The graves there are very weathered and worn. I hadn't realised when we were going in there that the path was actually old graves that had worn smooth over time. I find it a bit sad, it's a reminder how little our time is, I hope the people whose lives they marked had good lives and were loved.
There's a plaque in front of Annes grave so you can read what the original said
She was so young, but has made such a mark in the world. It was so lovely to see the flowers that were placed on her grave.
Across a small road is the church of St Mary c1150
It's only just down the (very steep) road from Scarborough castle and has a fascinating history.
The highlights from the plaque:
c1150 - church of St Mary's built.
1201 - King John visited St Mary's
1400-1600s - 6 sieges against the castle, some which had disastrous consequences for St Mary's.
1645 - Parliamentarians gained access into the church with 2 canon to attack the castle. As a result of exchange of fire with the royalists in the castle "Great mischief was done to St Mary's".
These are what's left of the original walls
Inside the church were too lovely ladies selling refreshments, I had a very 'refreshing' cup of tea then a wander around to see Anne Bronte's corner. Her death certificate is in a frame
next to it is a small explanation
There's also some information about the Bronte family and Anne's death and connection to Scarborough.
It was all so interesting. Really recommend popping in to have a look if you're near the area. The sense of history alone (the castle up the road is 3000 years old) makes it a worthwhile visit and there's always the sandy beach as well as many other attractions to spend a day visiting.