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Understanding Unitarianism and the Gaskells

Elizabeth Gaskell's House is lucky to have been awarded a grant from the Hibbert Trust - a Unitarian charity. We volunteers have been beneficiaries of the grant which has supported our development programme, and at the beginning of this week, we enjoyed...

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The Transformation Begins

Following on from our September bedroom update we've made some very visible progress this month and those visitors lucky enough to visit in the last week will have seen this for themselves. The painting and wallpapering is now pretty much complete thanks...

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Daily Devotions for the Closet

On the 10 October 2016 a slim volume entitled Daily Devotions for the Closet by Rev. Samuel Merrivale inscribed to Elizabeth Gaskell as a gift from the Rev. William Turner of Newcastle was returned to its former home through the kind donation...

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The Story of a Unitarian Chair

In William Gaskell's study we have a comfortable Windsor chair with a brass plaque which reads: 'Originally in Manchester College, York. Occupied by William Gaskell, John Colston, P P Carpenter etc 1825-1856.' So what is the history of the College where William...

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The Unitarian Collection

As you walk into William’s study, you can see on the right-hand side, three shelves from the top, a most uninspiring-looking collection of books, all wrapped in dull  brown paper. Yet on inspection these turn out to be, possibly, the titles most...

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