The early morning sun illuminated the bow windows of Rutland Terrace and I imagined the doomed Pritchards looking down into the street from the upper floors. But which house did they occupy for a short time in the 1850s? Opinion seems to vary now. Perhaps the properties were renumbered by the Post Office when the present Rutland Street was built up from end to end and this has caused some confusion. The 1851 map below shows what little building there had been in “New Filey” by this date – just the first block of The Crescent had been completed. Residents of the Terrace had a clear prospect from their front rooms to Cliff House where Charlotte Brontë stayed with the SMITHS several times.
On 6th June 1852, Charlotte wrote to Ellen Nussey:-
I walk on the sands a good deal, and try not to feel desolate and melancholy. How sorely my heart longs for you, I need not say. I have bathed once; it seemed to do me good. I may, perhaps, stay here a fortnight. There are as yet scarcely any visitors. A Lady Wenlock is staying at the large house of which you used so vigilantly to observe the inmates. One day I set out with intent to trudge to Filey Bridge, but was frightened back by two cows. I mean to try again some morning.