Final Years

During the Second World War, she continued to print Jongleur, but the readership tailed-off.  The quality of the printing slowly declined in the later editions and in 1956, Alberta decided to stop production.  She continued to review books and submit poetry to other magazines, but she was a heavy smoker and she suffered increasingly from breathing difficulties in the latter stages of her life.

Alberta never married and there did not appear to be any serious romantic attachments in her life.  By the 1940s she had a goitre that she covered with clothing with a high neckline, and this, like Mary Webb, the Shropshire writer, may have aggravated a tendency for being solitary. Toward the end, she became more reclusive and reluctant to meet people face to face.

In 1963, at the age of 73, Alberta died, and was buried with her mother and father at Nab Wood Cemetery, near Saltaire, West Yorkshire.  Her younger sister, Marian, lived onto to 1970, and Hilda, the only one of the sisters to marry, died in 1985.  Marian is also buried in the family plot, which rests in a quiet edge of the cemetery.

 Alberta, aged 55 years on the doorstep of Beamsley House

Grave of Alberta Vickridge, Nab Wood Cemetery, Shipley, West Yorkshire