Scarborough March 2017

Anne Bronte Grave

Many people are aware that Anne Bronte’s grave is situated in Scarborough – at the northern end of St. Mary’s churchyard, beneath Scarborough Castle walls; but few know anything of how Anne Bronte came to be interred there, or what her connections with the resort were.

Anne Bronte (born on the 17th of January 1820 and died on the 28th of May 1849) was a British novelist and poet, the youngest member of the Bronte literary family.

The daughter of a poor Irish clergyman in the Church of England, Anne Bronte lived most of her life with her family at the parish of Haworth on the Yorkshire moors.

After leaving her teaching position, she fulfilled her literary ambitions. She wrote a volume of poetry with her sisters (Poems by Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell, 1846) and two novels. Agnes Grey, based upon her experiences as a governess, was published in 1847. Her second and last novel, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, which is considered to be one of the first sustained feminist novels, appeared in 1848.

Anne’s life was cut short when she died of pulmonary tuberculosis at the age of 29.