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The German Bombardment of Scarborough
Wednesday 16th December 1914 0800
St Martin's Vicarage and St. Martin's Villa,
Craven Street

Vicar’s lucky escape.

A stray piece of shrapnel smashed through the window of the vicarage study and embedded itself into a bookcase destroying several books.

Fortunately The Rev. Mackarness was in church at the time and not writing his sermon at his desk!

Next door at St Martin's Villa (now Craven Lodge), was the home of a Miss Ann Elizabeth Geldard, a 57 year old spinster who ran a boarding house there. Minor damage was sustained when several windows  of the building were shattered by fragments of shrapnel.

St. Martin's Vicarage

Click to see the 1911 census details for St. Martin's Vicarage or St. Martin's Villa.