I have books set aside for several of the counties that border Yorkshire but as I looked at them one in particular held
|Waterloo Lake, Roundhay Park, Leeds - J Atkinson Grimshaw|
John Atkinson Grimshaw (1836 - 1893) was a Yorkshire painter who I discovered back in 2012 when I was writing a post for The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. A connection to the Brontes which feels like a signpost showing me the way forward and a moment to remember a very happy day!
On holiday for a limited time and with other people's wishes to consider there often has to be a compromise and mine was Haworth or Scarborough? I chose the latter because it was tourist season and I had visions of hordes of visitors overrunning Haworth - I don't like crowds.
It was the most beautiful summer's day in Scarborough. Far below the sea glittered in the sun, the castle wall loomed on my left and the bells of St Mary's church were ringing for a wedding. Hard to believe that I'm here, sitting beside the last resting place of Anne Bronte and wishing I had brought flowers to replace the dead ones . Magical!
After my family managed to drag me away it was a short stroll to look over the other side of the harbour and a stop for refreshments at The Castle by the Sea. Gorgeous views, my first taste of elderflower cordial and egg sandwiches so freshly made the filling was still warm.
I wanted to have a look inside this unusual Victorian building and there beside the door was a plaque..
John Atkinson Grimshaw liked to spend his summers in Scarborough and had this house specially built to suit both his artistic needs and to accommodate his large family.He named it The Castle by the Sea from a Longfellow poem. Today it is an hotel and restaurant but inside there are many prints of his paintings on the walls and the interior still retains many of its original features like this beautiful door with the stained glass panels and the elaborately carved and tiled fireplace.
Back to the books. I am travelling to Westmoreland (now a part of Cumbria) and I'll be reading...
Helbeck of Bannisdale by Mrs Humphry Ward.
'written in 1898 it has as its theme the love between a man and a woman which tragically clashes with their personal beliefs.'
I'm looking forward to reading an author who was apparently very popular in her time but one I had never heard of before.