Ilkeston Cam on Holiday in ....
Uploaded w/e 04 September
All of this week's
pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490
Day Two - At The West Pier
Our morning walk through the town had taken us to the West Pier
and after viewing the lighthouse, Diving Belle sculpture and
the departing Hispaniola, we explored a little more.
After watching the Hispaniola set off to sea, I crossed to the
other side of the West Pier and passed between two buildings
to the harbour side of the pier.
A glance to the left revealed the buildings tumbling down the
hillside from St Mary's Church to Sandside, the road that runs
along the north side of the harbour.
St Mary's Church, or St Mary's with Holy Apostles to give it
its full title, is the Parish Church of Scarborough and although
we didn't visit it this time, we have done so in the past. The
12th century church has a large graveyard and one of the reasons
it attracts so many visitors is because it contains the grave
and headstone of novelist and poet Anne Brontë, the only
member of the Brontë family not to be buried in the family's
home village of Haworth on the Yorkshire moors. In her short
life Anne spent several summer holidays in Scarborough and died
here in 1849 aged just 29.
Also on the headland between the North and South Bays are the
ruins of Scarborough Castle. Again this is somewhere we had visited
previously. Archaeological excavations suggest that an Iron Age
fort stood on this site and that it has a long history as a fortified
site. From the harbour the ruins of the 12th century keep can
been seen peeping over the castle walls.
As I took the previous two photos I sensed I was being watched
and looking down at the harbour wall, the watcher became apparent.
The harbour is still a working harbour and as well as the pleasure
boats, there were also a number of fishing boats moored along
the wall of the West Pier.
The wharf also gave evidence of the working harbour and the fishing
Returning to the other side of the pier the landscape seen above
the lobster pots revealed not only the imposing Big Wheel on
Foreshore Road but also the zig-zag paths up and down the cliff
in St Nicholas Gardens.
By now a few spots of rain in the wind turned into a brief shower
so it was time to retreat to find shelter but not before taking
this shot on the wall of one of the buildings.
By the time we had reached the end of the
pier, the shower had passed so the shelter offered under the
shellfish stalls was no longer required. It was here that I remembered
seeing the now infamous Jimmy Savile, in the days before his
notoriety became public knowledge, helping Scarborough's refuse
collectors empty dustbins. That was on a day trip from my place
of employment back in the mid 1960s. I never though then I'd
be back here over 60 years later in 2022!