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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...

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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...

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Exploring John Ruskin’s Brantwood

Ruskin was one of the most remarkable men, not only of England and our time, but of all countries and all times. He was one of those rare men who think with their hearts, and so he thought and said not only...

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It’s 27 February 1861 – visiting the Victory!

This is from a letter written to Marianne Gaskell on Thursday 28 February 1862 - a letter started by Meta and finished by Elizabeth while they were visiting a Mrs Lyall at The Close, Winchester Cathedral. Part of the letter describes a...

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Reader, I started writing Jane Eyre in Manchester!

Yes indeed, Charlotte Bronte really did begin to write Jane Eyre in Manchester! And Elizabeth Gaskell gives us much of the story in her biography of Charlotte Bronte. So, what then is the story? By 1846, Charlotte's father's sight was worsening due...

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