St Mary's Church, Scarborough, Scarborough

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St Mary's Church is a parish church in Scarborough, North Yorkshire in the Church of England. It stands high above the old town, just below Scarborough Castle.HistoryThe church was built in the 12th century. It was once a large church with two towers (west and central), but was largely destroyed during the siege of Scarborough Castle in the English Civil War. The church was rebuilt in the late 17th century and restored in the mid 19th century. The building has now has a square tower at the east end, replacing the former central tower, and a series of stone vaulted side chapels on the south side. The internal walls are almost covered with late 18th century and early 19th century wall monuments, including one by Roubiliac to Elizabeth Craven.GraveyardThe church has a large graveyard, with tombs mainly of the 18th and 19th centuries. A much visited grave is that of Anne Bronte, who died in Scarborough in 1849. Anne's sister 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 May 28th 1849". When Charlotte visited the grave three years later, she discovered multiple errors on the headstone, and thus it was refaced. However, Anne's age at death was still written as 28 when, in fact, she was 29 when she died. In 2011, the correction was finally made when a new inscribed plinth was laid by the Brontë Society in front of the eroded headstone.
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The resort town of Scarborough offers a diverse range of accommodations, including luxury hotels, cozy cottages, quiet B&Bs, and family-owned guesthouses. Take advantage of everything this popular resort has to offer by booking your stay at a seaside hotel, offering easy access to the best beaches and coastal paths. To get away from the tourist crowds, venture deeper inland, where you can relax at a private cottage or traditional inn. Many of Scarborough's self-catering cottages are located in converted barns, now equipped with modern conveniences.
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  • As the wife is big fan of the Bronte's books went visit the grave of the only Bronte sister not buried with her family Haworth home  more »
  • The St. Mary's Church has a wonderful garden to sit in and take in the view of the beautiful bay. The Remembrance Garden's flowers are in bloom right now and they smell wonderful. It is a peaceful spo...  more »
  • Given lots of history and information in the church and they hold services on a Sunday and Wednesday. Holy communion is done regularly and do pray and go to the coffee stand for friendship and a chat.  more »
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  • Amazing church , you really have to visit this place.
  • Lovely church with Anne Bronte's grave nearby.
  • Peace and blessings in the heart of a busy town
  • Nice old classic style church.
  • Lovely church. If you're visiting, be sure to also visit Anne Bronte's grave in the churchyard.