People

Charlotte Brontë’s bedroom

Elizabeth Gaskell met Charlotte Brontë on 20 August 1850 at Briery Close in the Lake District, introduced by Sir James Kay-Shuttlewoth and his wife. They were immediately drawn to each other. In a letter to Ellen Nussey, written on 26 August ,...

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Uncle Peter Holland

I’ve recently been completing pen portraits of some of the members of the Holland family – Elizabeth’s uncles and cousins in Knutsford. Included among them was Peter Holland a doctor in Knutsford, brother of Hannah Lumb and uncle to Elizabeth. Its said...

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Mr Lear and Mrs Gaskell

I've recently read a biography of Edward Lear who we now mostly remember for his nonsense verse and limericks - The Owl and The Pussycat anyone? One of my reasons for reading 'Mr Lear. A Life of Art and Nonsense' is that...

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Cairo Street Chapel Celebrating Martin Luther King Day

Sunday 19  January at 10.30am The middle years of the 19th Century must have been a great time to be a member of Cairo Street Unitarian Chapel for not only were plans being developed to change the Georgian Chapel of 1745 into...

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It’s November 1859 – and Elizabeth Gaskell is in Whitby

It's Sunday October 30th 1859 and Elizabeth Gaskell is finishing a long letter to her friend, Charles Eliot Norton which she'd started five days before. She writes: I have missed the Saturday mail, - & Meta, Julia & I are going for...

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