The Grand Hotel, Scarborough, is one of the main locations in my novel, Scarborough Ball, due out in December.
This magnificent building opened in 1867 and, at the time, was the largest hotel in Europe.
In Scarborough Fair Alice and Mary stay at the Grand Hotel in 1899 and Alice is thrilled by the fact that her bath has an extra pair of taps so she can bathe in sea water as well as fresh water.
The hotel is built in the shape of the letter “V” in honour of Queen Victoria. It’s designed around the theme of time (see Wikipedia article):
- 4 towers to represent the seasons.
- 12 floors for the months of the year.
- 52 chimneys for the weeks of the year.
- 365 bedrooms, although the number is now lower following a recent renovation.
The interior of the hotel is grand, as befits its name, and sumptuous, although nowadays slot machines and bingo compete with the Victorian architecture!
In Scarborough Ball, set in the 1920s, Lilian and Ruby attend a New Year’s Eve ball in the Cabaret Ballroom at the Grand Hotel. Something very shocking happens at the ball.
Scarborough Ball also continues Rose and Dan’s story in the present day.
Rose begins her A-level studies at Scarborough College, but life is just about to get even harder. She makes an enemy on her first day but there’s worse to come.
Someone is out for revenge.
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