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news : Constance Harper’s songs at Plymouth Grove

Maria Quinn knew Constance and Lilian Harper who lived in our house on Plymouth Grove after the Gaskells, and when she visited the House recently she told us about her friendship with the two Harper sisters - you can read about it in our recent blog here. After Constance died and when Maria started learning the piano, Lilian gave her a copy of  Magic Casements, a collection of five pieces composed by her sister and published in 1924,  And...

blog : Samuel Gaskell – Warrington’s Forgotten Pioneer of the Treatment of Mental Health.

On Saturday 14th September from 10am to 4pm and on Sunday 15th September from 12noon to 2pm, Cairo Street Chapel in Warrington will be open for Heritage Weekend. Visitors can spend time visiting Warrington’s oldest Dissenting Chapel, founded on the same site in 1662 when led by the Revd Samuel Yates Rector of St Elphin’s Church, many members had left the Church of England to form their own independent chapel. Initially meeting in a Smithy on the site...

blog : Charles Dickens in the Garden

Charles Dickens is in the garden somewhere. Well, we know roughly where he is; he's among the dahlias at the front of the house, somewhere in among these. We know that because there is a variety of dahlia named after Charles Dickens. I'm not sure whether he knew such a variety existed, it may have been bred years after his death, but dahlias are not shy retiring plants and as a showman he might well have approved.. We...

blog : At home with the Harpers

While Elizabeth Gaskell is one of the most well known of the people who've lived at 84 Plymouth Grove, the house has been a home to other families, all of whom have stories to share with us. One of these is the Harper family who bought the house after Meta Gaskell's death in 1913. Charles Harper was a manufacturing chemist, and lived in the house with with his wife Annie and their four children Charles, Lilian, Constance and...

blog : Receiving our Queens Award

Last Wednesday, 28th August, I was one of eight from Elizabeth Gaskell's House, who, along with Sally, our manager, represented our many volunteers at a ceremony in Gorton Monastery, to receive our Queen's Award for Voluntary Service. We arrived at 10.15am and gathered in the newly built entrance hall with a wonderful  mix of approximately 300 others from the all over Greater Manchester. After coffee and cake we all took our seats in the magnificent nave for the...