Anne Bronte  (17th January 1920 to 28th May 1849)

 

Anne Bronte was the youngest member of the Bronte literary family. Her most famous book was The Tenant of Wildfell Hall and is still in print today. I won’t bore you with her life story but tragedy was to engulf the family, all her siblings dying young before their father. Her brother Branwell and sister Emily died of tuberculosis before her. Afterwards Anne’s health began to fluctuate but she was determined to stay well. By 1848 she was living in Scarborough on the east coast and took all advised medication but returned home to the parsonage at Haworth feeling unwell. In February 1849 she felt stronger and made a return to Scarborough, thinking the sea air would improve her condition. She travelled there with Charlotte but was already very ill. On the way they visited York Minster but Anne had to be pushed around in a wheelchair.

 

On Sunday 27th May Anne asked Charlotte if it would be better for her to return home to Haworth to die. Conscious and calm Anne died the following afternoon at about two o'clock in the afternoon. Her body was not returned to Haworth. Charlotte decided to "lay the flower where it had fallen" and her sister was buried St. Mary's churchyard. Her father was too far away to attend the funeral.

 

Charlotte commissioned a stone to be placed over her grave, with the simple inscription "Here lie the remains of Anne Brontë, daughter of the Revd. P. Brontë, Incumbent of Haworth, Yorkshire. She died, Aged 28, 28 May 1849". However Anne was 29 when she died. In April 2013, the correction was finally made when a new inscribed plinth was laid by the Brontë Society in front of the eroded headstone.

 

The Grand Hotel now occupies the spot house where Anne died.

 

 

 

 

Her view of Scarborough’s south bay….

 

 

A little further down…

 

The grave receives many visitors…

 

 

 

 

The Grand Hotel is built on the site where she died...

 

 

 

Wood's Lodging's was on the left...

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At the parsonage in Haworth where the Bronte sister’s imaginations were fired…

 

Anne’s sibling are buried below this sign in a crypt…